TABLE 2.

Outcomes

No. of Patients
Morphine (N = 52)Normal Saline Solution (N = 56)
Laparotomy immediately after ED assessment2524
    Appendicitis (perforated)24 (12)22 (11)
    Normal appendix12
Admitted for observation after ED assessment1922
    Laparotomy76
        Appendicitis (perforated)7 (3)4 (1)
        Normal appendix02
    No laparotomy1216
        Urinary tract infection01
        Ovarian cyst01
        Self-resolving pain1214
Discharged home after ED assessment810
    Self-resolving pain59
    Subsequent laparotomy for appendicitis1 (4 mo later)1 (5 d later)
    Pneumonia10
    Urinary tract infection10