Techniques in Coloproctology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 73–74

Stump appendicitis. A diagnostic dilemma

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10151-008-0419-5

Cite this article as:
Al-Dabbagh, A.K., Thomas, N.B. & Haboubi, N. Tech Coloproctol (2009) 13: 73. doi:10.1007/s10151-008-0419-5


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

AppendicitisStump appendicitisRecurrent appendicitis

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trafford General HospitalManchesterUK