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Acta Chir Belg. 2013 Mar-Apr;113(2):149-51.

Retroperitoneal abscess resulting from perforated retrocecal appendicitis:a case report.

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Department of General Surgery, Regional Hospital Center, Huy, Belgium.


Retroperitoneal abscess secondary to acute appendicitis is a relatively rare, but serious surgical infection. Adequate drainage and coverage with the appropriate antibiotics has led to improved outcome of retroperitoneal abscesses in recent years. We report the case of a 52 years old patient operated in emergency for perforated retrocecal appendicitis. A retroperitoneal abscess was diagnosed 5 days later, by computed tomography. The drainage of the abscess and the antibiotic therapy have ensured the total recovery of the patient. The alternatives of therapy are discussed.

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