Acute appendicitis

Case contributed by Dr Mohamed Hossam el Deen


61 years old female patient arrived to the ER complaining of acute onset of right iliac fossa pain. WBC = 14.7 with predominant neutropenia.

Patient Data

Age: 60-65
Gender: Female

There is a blind ended tubular like structure in front of and communicating the cecum and measuring about 1 cm in diameter "appendicitis" and associated with wall contrast uptake, peri-appendicular fat stranding, mesenteric congestion and small perpendicular transudation fluids. There is adjacent cecal mucosal thickening and mesenteric lymph nodes also noted.

Post-operative pathology specimen confirmed acute appendicitis and excluded malignancy.

Case Discussion

Perforation of acute appendicitis is more frequent in elderly and carries a higher risk of morbidity and mortality for those patients, CAT scan is more specific and sensitive than ultrasound  specially if the patient is stable. 

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Case information

rID: 52672
Published: 16th Apr 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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