Acute appendicitis

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Short history of abdominal pain. Retrocecal appendicitis?

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female
CT

Long thickened inflamed appendix extending medially with the tip lying anterior to the uterus, just superior to the dome of the bladder.

Several appendicoliths within, including an obstructing calcified one in the ostium.

Trace of pelvic free fluid.

No free gas. No collection.

Simple cysts in the liver. The remainder of the solid organs are normal.

IUCD in the uterus.

Case Discussion

CT should be used selectively in acute appendicitis queries.

Clinical examination and ultrasound (especially in the young and thin) being the mainstay.

This is a lovely example of:

- classical signs of appendicitis: thickening appendix, periappendiceal inflammatory change and obstructing appendicoliths

- appendicitis in an atypical location (very anteromedial)

- a very long appendix

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Case information

rID: 48792
Published: 27th Oct 2016
Last edited: 6th Nov 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included