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Case report of the duplex vermiform appendix: a rare presentation in an elderly patient

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posted on 2024-03-14, 17:26 authored by Amenah Dhannoon, Mobarak Kunna, Dawn Baynes, Seán O Hynes, Emmeline Nugent

Introduction and importance: Duplex appendix is a rare anatomical entity with incidence rate of 0.004 and 0.009%. Diagnosis is often missed despite growth in radiological investigations. Missed appendiceal anomalies can lead to undesirable medicolegal implications.

Case presentation: Here we discuss a case of a 76-year-old-male who initially presented to his primary care physician with right-sided abdominal pain for several weeks. A colonoscopy was performed and demonstrated a lesion arising from the appendicular orifice. The patient underwent staging imaging including Computerised Tomography of the abdomen and pelvis which demonstrated a dilated appendix. The patient underwent a laparoscopic right hemicolectomy. He made an uneventful recovery post-operatively and at his follow-up review at 4 weeks and 2 months.

Discussion: While duplex appendix has been reported in the literature, to our knowledge this is the first case report to describe duplicated appendix presenting as a colonic mass in an elderly patient.

Conclusion: Intra-operative examination of the cecum is paramount to rule out appendiceal anomalies and prevent medicolegal complications.



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Dhannoon A, Kunna M, Baynes D, Hynes SO, Nugent E. Case report of the duplex vermiform appendix: a rare presentation in an elderly patient. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2022;92:106829.

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12 February 2022

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