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CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. The CanadiEM Podcast brings you cutting edge clinical topics on the National Rounds Series and delves into the struggles that doctors face on the Physicians as Humans Series.

Jul 20, 2017

This podcast covers Chapter 93 of Rosen's 8th Edition Emergency Medicine (or Chapter 83 if you've got the new-shiny 9th edition).

All hail to the appendix. The pluto of our organs.

  1. List 8 ddx for appendicitis
  2. List 5 causes of acute appendiceal obstruction and describe the pathophysiology of appendicitis including pain location
  3. List 5 PEX findings in appendicitis. Describe how the presentation of appendicitis is different in peds, pregnant women, and elderly.
  4. List 2 advantages and disadvantages each for CT and US in the diagnosis of appendicitis. What is the sensitivity/specificity of ↑WBC
  5. Describe a clinical pathway for the diagnosis and management of appendicitis.
  6. When are antibiotics indicated?




1) Which patient groups present atypically

2) Describe the Alvarado Score and the Ped for Appendicitis

3) What are U/S findings of appendicitis?