Publication Type(s): Journal Article
Author(s): Seager, A; Gill, M; Jones, L S
Abstract:A 27-year-old man with a background of well controlled colitis presented with a 12-hour history of central abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fever. A diagnostic laparoscopy revealed an extremely large, gangrenous appendix, which had descended into the pelvis posterior to adhesions in the right iliac fossa and was torted 720°. The decision was taken to convert to a lower midline laparotomy and as the base appeared healthy, a standard appendicectomy was performed. The patient recovered well and was discharged after two days. The appendix measured 104mm x 53mm x 51mm. Histology revealed acute haemorrhagic and necrotising appendicitis with foci of impending perforation. There was no malignancy or mucocoele. Acute torsion (or volvulus) of the appendix is an unusual cause of this common general surgical emergency.
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