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Retroperitoneal Appendicitis: A Surgical Dilemma

Basil George Verghese, Sanjana Kalvehalli Kashinath, R Ravikanth

Citation Information : George Verghese B, Kalvehalli Kashinath S, Ravikanth R. Retroperitoneal Appendicitis: A Surgical Dilemma. Euroasian J Hepatogastroenterol 2013; 3 (1):83-84.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10018-1070

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


Introduction: Acute appendicitis is frequently encountered in both the surgical OPD and emergency room setting. But, a retroperitoneal appendicitis is very rarely seen and the literature available on it is scarce. Case report: We wish to present a case of a 26 years old female who presented to the emergency room with features of appendicitis and on whom an appendectomy was done. But during the surgery, the appendix was found situated retroperitoneally and had to be removed via a retrograde approach. We followed it with a short discussion of retroperitoneal appendix, the presentation of retroperitoneal appendicitis and its surgical management. Conclusion: Documented cases of retroperitoneal appendix are rare to the best of our knowledge and should be kept as a differential when a patient presents with atypical features of appendicitis.

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