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Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 41, Issue 11, pp 1387–1389 | Cite as

“Anterior appendix”: a boon for clinicians and radiologists

  • Satheesha B. Nayak
  • K. V. SoumyaEmail author
Anatomic Variations
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Appendix Appendectomy Laparoscopy Cecum Intestine 

Notes

Author contributions

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.

Funding

None.

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Conflict of interest

The author(s) declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus)Manipal Academy of Higher EducationManipalIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, Manipal Institute of TechnologyManipal Academy of Higher EducationManipalIndia

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