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Acute appendicitis in a duplicated appendix

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
2210-2612
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
3
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2012.08.004
Keywords
  • Double Appendix
  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Appendectomy
  • Ultrasonography
  • Abdominal Pain
Disciplines
  • Law
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract INTRODUCTION Double appendix represents an extremely rare and commonly “missed” diagnosis, often with life threatening consequences. PRESENTATION OF CASE In this case report we present an interesting case of operative treatment of acute appendicitis in a doubled vermiform appendix stemming operative pitfalls. A 23-year-old female was admitted to the emergency room department complaining of diffuse abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting over the past 36h. As soon as the diagnosis of acute appendicitis was established a laparotomy via a McBurney incision was decided. Intraoperative findings included the presence of mild quantity of free fluid and surprisingly a thin non-inflamed appendiceal process. It was the preoperative ultrasound findings suggestive of acute appendicitis that dictated a more thorough investigation of the lower abdomen that led to the discovery of a second retrocecal inflamed appendix. Formal appendectomy was then performed for both processes. The patient had an uneventful recovery and was discharged on the fourth postoperative day. DISCUSSION Double appendix represents a challenging clinical scenario in cases of right lower quadrant pain. CONCLUSION Life threatening consequences with legal extensions can arise from the incomplete removal of both stumps.

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