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Short term and long term results after open vs. laparoscopic appendectomy in childhood and adolescence: a subgroup analysis

Matthias Kapischke1*, Alexandra Pries2 and Amke Caliebe2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Surgery, Klinik St. Georg, Lohmuehlenstrasse 05, D-20099 Hamburg, Germany

2 Institute for Medical Informatics and Statistics, Bldg 31, University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Arnold Heller Strasse 03, D-24105 Kiel, Germany

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BMC Pediatrics 2013, 13:154  doi:10.1186/1471-2431-13-154

Published: 1 October 2013



A comparative study was performed to compare quality of life after laparoscopic and open appendectomy in children and adolescents in a German General Hospital. The same study population was re-evaluated regarding their quality of life several years after operation.


Children and adolescents (nā€‰=ā€‰158) who underwent appendectomy for acute appendicitis between 1999 and 2001 were retrospectively analysed. Seven years after surgery those patients were interviewed applying a SF-36 questionnaire regarding their quality of life.


For short term outcomes there was a trend towards reduced specific postoperative complications in the laparoscopically operated group (9.3 vs. 10.7%). Significantly more patients in the laparoscopic group would recommend the operation procedure to family members or friends than in the open group. Among the evaluated patients there was a significantly higher satisfaction concerning size and appearance of their scars in the laparoscopic group. The results of the evaluation in the eight categories of the SF-36 showed similar results in both groups.


More patients with laparoscopic appendectomy appeared to be satisfied with their operation method as becomes evident by a higher recommendation rate and a higher satisfaction concerning their scars.

Appendectomy; Paediatric surgery; Quality of life; SF-36