Summary and Perspectives

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


One should believe that the appendix is so insignificant and that acute appendicitis is so common that almost everything about it is well established and widely known would be as ignorant as the surgeons of the nineteenth century who rejected its central role in acute inflammatory disease of the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. This worm-shaped (vermiform appendix) organ is indeed still subject of many questions, controversies, and researches.


Acute Appendicitis Normal Appendix Vermiform Appendix Interval Appendectomy Negative Appendectomy Rate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyHôpital Erasme, Université libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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