Statistics about Acute Appendicitis


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Acute Appendicitis. The term 'prevalence' of Acute Appendicitis usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Acute Appendicitis at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Acute Appendicitis refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Acute Appendicitis diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Acute Appendicitis: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Acute Appendicitis)
  Incidence (annual) of Acute Appendicitis: 25 per 10,000 (age 10-17), 1-2 per per 10,000 (under 4)
  Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 400 or 0.25% or 680,000 people in USA [about data]
  Lifetime risk for Acute Appendicitis: 8.6% risk for males, 6.7% for females (Rothrock et al, 2000).
  Prevelance statistics about Acute Appendicitis: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Acute Appendicitis:
  • 7-8% people affected by appendicitis at some stage in their life in the US (Mayo Clinic)

Death and mortality statistics for Acute Appendicitis:
  Deaths from Acute Appendicitis: 390 deaths reported in USA 1999 for appendix conditions (NVSR Sep 2001)
Society statistics for Acute Appendicitis
  Hospitalization statistics for Acute Appendicitis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Acute Appendicitis:
  • 0.255% (32,544) of hospital consultant episodes were for acute appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for acute appendicitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57% of hospital consultant episodes for acute appendicitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43% of hospital consultant episodes for acute appendicitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 98% of hospital consultant episodes for acute appendicitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4.4days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for acute appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3days was the median length of stay in hospitals for acute appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 28 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for acute appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for acute appendicitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for acute appendicitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for acute appendicitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.25% (131,361) of hospital bed days were for acute appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.035% (4,512) of hospital consultant episodes were for unspecified appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 92% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified appendicitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified appendicitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 49% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified appendicitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 96% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified appendicitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3.7 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for unspecified appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for unspecified appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 28 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for unspecified appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 75% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified appendicitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified appendicitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified appendicitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.03% (15,354) of hospital bed days were for unspecified appendicitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia:
    • 0.46% (18,177) of hospital episodes were for appendicitis in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 7% of hospitalisations for appendicitis were single day episodes in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 86% of hospitalisations in public hospitals for appendicitis were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 14% of hospitalisations in public hospitals for appendicitis were by private patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations for appendicitis at public hospitals occurred in 9.3 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 3.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for appendicitis in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 3.4 days was the mean length of stay in public hospitals for appendicitis in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.23% (5,652) of private hospital episodes were for appendicitis in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 1.6% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for appendicitis were single day episodes in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 9.1% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for appendicitis were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 91% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for appendicitis were by private patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations in private hospitals for appendicitis occurred in 2.9 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 3.2 days was the mean length of stay in private hospitals for appendicitis in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 3.2 days was the mean length of stay in private hospitals for appendicitis in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia:
    • Hospitalisations for acute appendicitis at public hospitals occurred in 7.3 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 3.5 days was the mean length of stay in public hospitals for acute appendicitis in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
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Last revision: April 9, 2003

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