“Anterior appendix”: a boon for clinicians and radiologists
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Vermiform appendix is considered as a vestigial organ, and it has minimal or no role to play in the digestion and absorption of food. It is an enigma to the clinicians due to its variable positions and symptoms caused by its inflammation. In the available literature, there are many reports on various positions, size and disease of appendix. However, there is no report on an anteriorly located appendicular attachment to the caecum. During dissection classes for medical undergraduates, an appendix with its base attached to the anterior wall of the caecum was noted. The entire appendix was attached to the ileum through a mesoappendix and was readily visible when the anterior abdominal wall was reflected. This position could be a boon to the clinicians and radiologists during diagnosis and surgery of the appendix.
KeywordsAppendix Appendectomy Laparoscopy Cecum Intestine
Dr. Satheesha B. Nayak dissected the cadaver, and drafted the manuscript. Dr. K.V. Soumya prepared the photographs, did the review of literature and proof reading of the manuscript.
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The author(s) declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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