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Is the hot appendix really hot?
  1. M. S. Davies,
  2. S. Cunningham,
  3. D. A. Cooke,
  4. D. R. Donaldson,
  5. M. H. Thomas
  1. Department of Surgery, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey, UK.


    The skin temperature in the right and left iliac fossae was recorded in 100 patients who were referred with a provisional diagnosis of acute appendicitis. This was not found to be a reliable aid in diagnosis of acute appendicitis nor an indicator to the need for surgery in patients with right iliac fossa pain.

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