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Evaluation of modified Alvarado scoring system and RIPASA scoring system as diagnostic tools of acute appendicitis

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Abdullah Shuaib1, Ali Shuaib2, Zainab Fakhra3, Bader Marafi1, Khalid Alsharaf1, Abdullah Behbehani1,4


1 Department of Surgery, Kuwait Mubarak Alkabeer Hospital, Jabriya, Kuwait


2 Biomedical Engineering Unit, Physiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait City, Kuwait


3 MD in internship year, Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization, Kuwait City, Kuwait


4 Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait City, Kuwait


Corresponding Author: Abdullah Shuaib, Email: Shuaib.Abdullah.77@gmail.com


© 2017 World Journal of Emergency Medicine


DOI: 10.5847/wjem.j.1920–8642.2017.04.005


BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis is the most common surgical condition presented in emergency departments worldwide. Clinical scoring systems, such as the Alvarado and modified Alvarado scoring systems, were developed with the goal of reducing the negative appendectomy rate to 5%–10%. The Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Appendicitis (RIPASA) scoring system was established in 2008 specifically for Asian populations. The aim of this study was to compare the modified Alvarado with the RIPASA scoring system in Kuwait population.

METHODS: This study included 180 patients who underwent appendectomies and were documented as having "acute appendicitis" or "abdominal pain" in the operating theatre logbook (unit B) from November 2014 to March 2016. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), diagnostic accuracy, predicted negative appendectomy and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve of the modified Alvarado and RIPASA scoring systems were derived using SPSS statistical software.

RESULTS: A total of 136 patients were included in this study according to our criteria. The cut-off threshold point of the modified Alvarado score was set at 7.0, which yielded a sensitivity of 82.8% and a specificity of 56%. The PPV was 89.3% and the NPV was 42.4%. The cut-off threshold point of the RIPASA score was set at 7.5, which yielded a 94.5% sensitivity and an 88% specificity. The PPV was 97.2% and the NPV was 78.5%. The predicted negative appendectomy rates were 10.7% and 2.2% for the modified Alvarado and RIPASA scoring systems, respectively. The negative appendectomy rate decreased significantly, from 18.4% to 10.7% for the modified Alvarado, and to 2.2% for the RIPASA scoring system, which was a significant difference (P<0.001) for both scoring systems.

CONCLUSION: Based on the results of this study, the RIPASA score is a simple scoring system with better sensitivity and specificity than the modified Alvarado scoring system in Asian populations. It consists of 14 clinical parameters that can be obtained from a good patient history, clinical examination and laboratory investigations. The RIPASA scoring system is more accurate and specific than the modified Alvarado scoring system for Kuwait population.

(World J Emerg Med 2017;8(4):276–280)


KEY WORDS: Acute appendicitis; Modified Alvarado score; RIPASA score

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