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Table 2 Laboratory findings and utilization of radiological imaging on the first and second visit in patients with NSAP

From: The rate of short-term revisits after diagnosis of non-specific abdominal pain is similar for surgeons and emergency physicians - results from a single tertiary hospital emergency department

  Discharged with NSAP (n = 208) Admitted to the hospital for
Conservative treatment
(n = 29)
Surgical treatment
(n = 50)
Age, median (min-max) 28 y (0–98 y) 49 y (23–95 y) 46 y (10–85 y)
1st visit
 WBC (109/l), median (min-max) 2 8.1 (3.0–23) 10 (5.8–17) 10 (3.0–18)
 CRP (mg/l), median (min-max) 1.9 (1.0–96) 4.5 (1.0–163) 3.0 (1–144)
 Ultrasonography, n (%) 6 (2.9%) 3 (10%) 3 (6.0%)
 CT scan, n (%) 2 (1.0%) 2 (6.9%) 0 (0.0%)
2nd visit
 WBC (109/l), median (min-max) 2 7.6 (3.2–18) 9.7 (3.5–21) 10.1 (3.2–25.9)
 CRP (mg/l), median (min-max) 2 2.3 (1–234) 32 (1.0–329) 63.8 (1–414)
 Ultrasonography, n (%) 42 (20%) 6 (21%) 20 (40%)
 CT scan, n (%) 26 (13%) 11 (38%) 18 (36%)
 Radiological imaging required 13 (29%) 27 (54%)
  1. Statistically significant difference: 1p-value 0.05–0.001, 2 p-value < 0.001
  2. CRP C reactive protein, WBC white blood cells, CT computed tomography, NSAP non-specific abdominal pain