Ileocolic intussusception due to mucocoele of the appendix causing small bowel obstruction
One week generalised colicky abdominal pain and vomiting
Abdomen and pelvis
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There is a 14 cm complex ileocolic and ileo-ileal intussusception. A tubular blind-ending structure is visualised within the intussusception, with a 3.5 cm, murally calcified cyst at its base. The mid and distal small bowel proximal to the intussusception is dilated measuring up to 3.7 cm.
Small volume ascites.
Note of an incidental small simple liver cyst.
The intussusception was able to be reduced at surgery and the patient underwent an uncomplicated right hemicolectomy.
Sections of the appendix wall show a lumen filled with partly calcified mucous. The wall is generally thinned and composed of dense collagenous tissue and in many places lacks an epithelial lining. However, in areas the lumen is lined by a single layer of columnar mucous secreting epithelium with mild atypia of the basally located nuclei. Occasional thin papillary projections are present. The epithelium rests directly on the fibrous wall. There is no high grade dysplasia or invasive malignancy. No mucous is seen dissecting through the appendix wall.
No malignancy in nodes.
Low grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasm.
Case also contributed by Dr. Shyam Sankaran