Biomarker of urinary 5-HIAA as a valuable predictor of acute appendicitis
Acute appendicitis is one of the most common causes of severe acute abdominal pain globally. Increased levels of 5-Hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA), a metabolite of serotonin, in urine has been associated with acute appendicitis due to the densely packed serotonin-containing cells in the appendix. A study performed recently aimed to evaluate and determine the significance of 5-HIAA as a diagnostic marker.
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