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BMJ Case Rep. 2014 May 22;2014. pii: bcr2014203663. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-203663.

The importance of timely detection and management in neonatal appendicitis.

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  • 1Salmaniya Medical Center, Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • 2Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK.


The clinical presentation of cute appendicitis is rarely encountered in neonatology. When it does occur, it is thought to be due to prematurity or develops secondary to coexisting diseases. We present a case of appendicitis in a 10-day-old Middle-Eastern girl, who was born at term and who had no underlying conditions that are typically associated with neonatal appendicitis. This case highlights that certain causes and clinical signs are unreliable when coming to a working diagnosis of neonatal appendicitis, and that regardless of the cause, timely detection and management are necessary in achieving surgical success.

2014 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

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