Acute appendicitis: Epidemiology, treatment and outcomes- analysis of 16544 consecutive cases
Marco Ceresoli, Niccolò Allievi, Asaf Harbi, Michele Pisano, Giulia Montori, Gabriela E Nita, Luca Ansaloni, Federico Coccolini, General Surgery Unit, Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, 24127 Bergamo, Italy
Alberto Zucchi, Epidemiology unit, ATS Provincia Bergamo, 24128 Bergamo, Italy
Arianna Heyer, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States
Author contributions: Ceresoli M, Zucchi A, Pisano M, Ansaloni L and Coccolini F designed the study; Ceresoli M, Zucchi A, Allievi N and Pisano M analyzed the data; Ceresoli M, Allievi N, Harbi A and Montori G wrote the paper; Pisano M, Heyer A, Nita GE, Ansaloni L and Coccolini F revised it critically; all the authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.
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Informed consent statement: This is a retrospective cohort study. According to the Italian law and the Helsinki declaration on biohetics no informed consent by single patient is needed; moreover presented data are anonymized and risk of identification is null.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Marco Ceresoli, General Surgery Unit, Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, piazza OMS 1, 24127 Bergamo, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: May 31, 2016
Peer-review started: June 1, 2016
First decision: July 20, 2016
Revised: August 4, 2016
Accepted: August 27, 2016
Article in press: August 29, 2016
Published online: October 27, 2016