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Intra-abdominal abscess after appendectomy

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Fever and RIQ tenderness 10 days after laparoscopic appendectomy.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Male

CT Abdomen and pelvis

CT demonstrates a small hypoattenuating collection between surgical clips in the medial aspect of the cecum. There is a mild ring enhancement and prominent regional lymph nodes and inflammatory changes in the adjacent fat planes. Remainder of the exam is unremarkable. 


CT Abdomen and pelvis (selected images) - 10 days before

Previous CT showing an enlarged appendix with an appendicolith

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates an acute appendicitis treated with laparoscopic appendectomy and which evolved with a small intra-abdominal abscess in the surgery bed. This is a complication that has been observed more frequently in the laparoscopic approach than in the traditional surgery 1

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Case information

rID: 40561
Published: 26th Oct 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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