Acute appendicitis

Case contributed by Dr Hidayatullah Hamidi


Right iliac fossa pain and vomiting for 8 hours.

Patient Data

Age: 7 years
Gender: Male

Distended inflamed appendix (11 mm in diameter) with surrounding fat stranding.

Sub-centimetric prominent surrounding lymph nodes.

No abnormal collection or abscess formation.

No free air in the peritoneal cavity to suggest bowel perforation.

Case Discussion

Unfortunately the radiologist failed to detect the inflamed appendix with ultra-sonography and the clinician then requested for CT.

CT has a high sensitivity and specificity in the detection of acute appendicitis. However, there are radiation dose consequences to bear in mind, especially in young children.

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Case information

rID: 70371
Published: 15th Aug 2019
Last edited: 12th Oct 2020
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