Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Singapore Med J. 2012 Sep;53(9):e189-91.

Congenital absence of the vermiform appendix.

Author information

Department of Anatomy, Medical College, 88 College Street, Kolkata 700073, West Bengal, India.


Agenesis of the vermiform appendix is very rare. The incidence is estimated to be one in 100,000 laparotomies for suspected appendicitis. During a routine dissection of the abdomen in a 60-year-old donated male cadaver, the vermiform appendix was found to be absent. The ileocaecal junction and retrocaecal area were thoroughly searched, but the vermiform appendix was not found or appeared to resemble a tubercle. This is likely the first reported case of agenesis of a vermiform appendix in India. This suggests the possibility that the human vermiform appendix would ultimately become rudimentary or absent in the course of evolution.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Singapore Medical Association
    Loading ...
    Support Center