PCH doctor aims to take pain out of appendicitis diagnosis

A doctor who is working to improve diagnosis of appendicitis in children has received a boost to his research efforts from Telethon.

Dr Wei Hao Lee — who lives in the western suburbs and works at Perth Children’s Hospital emergency department — has been awarded one of two prestigious Telethon Fellowships.

The other recipient was Dr Jaslyn Ong, who is part a team running a trial that aims to desensitise children who are allergic to peanuts.

Dr Lee’s work is focused on finding enhanced ways of diagnosing or ruling out appendicitis in kids who present at emergency departments with abdominal pain.

Clinical scores of pain are often used but Dr Lee said most of these measurements had not been tested in children.

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