Caecal carcinoma and small bowel obstruction

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


92 years old female presented at emergency department with features of acute small bowel obstruction and a inferior right quadrant pain. Patient had history of previous appendicectomy.


CT Abdomen and pelvis

Bilateral pleural effusion, small amount of free abdominal fluid and inflammatory area on right inferior fossa. Images show inflammatory area with free fluid and a markedly thickened and irregular of caecal walls.

Case Discussion

Caecal carcinoma can clinically mimic acute appendicitis, either by presenting as a painful mass or secondary to perforation.

In this case we can see an exuberant inflammatory inflammatory process with free fluid on caecum region. These, with the clinical history, can suggest us for an acute appendicitis, but the history of previous appendicectomy and the markedly thickened and irregular caecal walls show us a caecal tumour.

Colorectal carcinoma is the most common cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and the second most frequently diagnosed malignancy in adults.

See also other causes of small bowel obstruction.

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Case information

rID: 13035
Case created: 20th Feb 2011
Last edited: 3rd Sep 2015
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