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J Am Assoc Gynecol Laparosc. 2003 May;10(2):166-8.

Laparoscopic appendectomy.

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Chattanooga Women's Laser Center, 1604 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421, USA.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness of laparoscopic appendectomy in women with chronic pelvic pain and to identify histopathology of the appendix.

DESIGN:

Retrospective review over 6.5 years (Canadian Task Force classification II-3).

SETTING:

Laparoscopic center and community hospital.

PATIENTS:

Three hundred seventeen women.

INTERVENTION:

Laparoscopic appendectomy in conjunction with other procedures.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:

Of 317 patients who underwent appendectomy, 14 (4.4%) had involvement of the appendix with endometriosis, 12 (3.78%) had early acute appendicitis, 4 (1.26%) had carcinoid tumors of the appendix, 2 (0.63%) had a large mucocele, and 1 (0.9%) each had Enterobius vermicularis infection, benign neuroma, and mucinous cystadenoma. Seventy-eight women (24.6%) had obliteration of the appendiceal lumen and 22 (6.93%) had entrapping fibrous adhesions. Thirty-two patients (10%) reported relief of chronic pelvic pain in the absence of other pathology just by having diagnostic laparoscopy with appendectomy.

CONCLUSION:

The appendix is a key organ in the evaluation of undiagnosed chronic pelvic pain.

PMID:
12732765
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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