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Black children at greater risk of complications following appendicectomy

Black children in the UK are at four times greater risk of complications following emergency appendicitis surgery compared with white children.

Researchers revealed these alarming disparities in postoperative outcomes recently.

The study, led by Dr Amaki Sogbodjor, a consultant anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London, showed that black children faced these greater risks irrespective of their socioeconomic status and health history.

Appendicitis is one of the most prevalent paediatric surgical emergencies; approximately 10,000 cases are treated annually in the UK.

However, this marks the first attempt to scrutinise demographic variances in postoperative complication rates related to appendicitis.

Dr Sogbodjor emphasised the critical need for further investigation into the root causes of these disparities.

"This apparent health inequality requires urgent further investigation and development of interventions aimed at resolution," she said.

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Source: Surgery, 25 March 2024


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