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Ann Afr Med. 2011 Jul-Sep;10(3):249-51. doi: 10.4103/1596-3519.84701.

Perforated appendicitis in a septuagenarian.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Drumheller Hospital, Drumheller AB, T0J 0Y1, Canada.


Appendicitis in the elderly is becoming an increasingly frequent clinical encounter due to the increased life expectancy in the human race over the last half-century. Appendicitis in this age group has, therefore, become relatively more common with an atypical presentation that incurs delay in diagnosis with attendant morbidity and mortality. We present a septuagenarian who presented atypically with a rapidly progressing feature of appendicitis that emphasizes the need for early operative intervention. In addition, the patient presented with other comorbidities that could detract from a diagnosis of appendicitis to the unwary.

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