Spontaneously Resolving and Chronic Appendicitis

  • Lodewijk P. J. Cobben
  • Julien B. C. M. Puijlaert
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The term appendicitis covers four pathophysiological concepts: acute appendicitis, chronic appendicitis, recurrent acute appendicitis, and spontaneously resolving appendicitis. Chronic appendicitis is subject to many discussions, and most authors actually conclude that there is no pathological substrate for chronic appendicitis. In contrast, spontaneously resolving appendicitis is well-recognized but management of patients with spontaneously resolving appendicitis is still a matter of debate as conservative treatment could be associated with high rate of recurrence and recurrent episodes sometimes with perforation.


Acute Appendicitis Perforation Rate Lymphoid Hyperplasia Normal Appendix Suspected Appendicitis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lodewijk P. J. Cobben
    • 1
  • Julien B. C. M. Puijlaert
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMedisch Centrum HaaglandenDen HaagThe Netherlands

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