Case Report

Techniques in Coloproctology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 73-74

First online:

Stump appendicitis. A diagnostic dilemma

  • A. K. Al-DabbaghAffiliated withTrafford General Hospital Email author 
  • , N. B. ThomasAffiliated withTrafford General Hospital
  • , N. HaboubiAffiliated withTrafford General Hospital

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Abstract

A case of stump appendicitis in a 41-year-old man is presented. Initial appendicectomy for suppurative appendicitis had been performed 14 months earlier. An ultrasound scan suggested the diagnosis of stump appendicitis despite the hindsight of previous appendicectomy. A literature review on the subject is provided. Stump appendicitis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of recurrent lower abdominal symptoms any time following initial appendicectomy. Knowledge of a difficult approach at initial surgery may raise the level of suspicion.

Key words

Appendicitis Stump appendicitis Recurrent appendicitis