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J Emerg Med. 2000 May;18(4):431-3.

Abdominal pain secondary to stump appendicitis in a child.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Bronx, New York, USA.


We report a case of an 11-year-old male who presented with abdominal pain and vomiting. The patient had a notable past medical history of having had an appendectomy at our institution 1 year previously. Because of progressive clinical signs of peritonitis, an exploratory laparotomy was performed and the patient was found to have stump appendicitis. The entity of stump appendicitis is always possible when evaluating patients with abdominal pain who have a history of appendectomy.

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