Format

Send to

Choose Destination
BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Aug 3;2016. pii: bcr2016216150. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-216150.

A curious cause of appendicitis.

Author information

1
Department of General Surgery, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Princess Royal University Hospital, Greater London, UK.
2
Department of Microbiology, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Princess Royal University Hospital, Greater London, UK.

Abstract

A previously healthy 10-year-old boy presented to the emergency department with central abdominal pain, loose stool and vomiting. He was diagnosed with gastroenteritis, but was well enough to be discharged. The next day he reattended with ongoing diarrhoea and vomiting, with the pain now localised to the right iliac fossa (RIF). Acute appendicitis was suspected, and he was taken for laparoscopic appendicectomy. At surgery, a gangrenous appendix was found, with pus extending from the pelvis up to the liver. The appendix was excised and thorough peritoneal washout performed. Postoperatively, he received 48 hours of intravenous antibiotics and was discharged home. Unfortunately the boy presented again 11 days later with right lower quadrant pain and fever. Ultrasound revealed a collection in the RIF, and he returned to theatre for washout. His recovery was slow until the peritoneal pus sent for bacterial culture grew Salmonella enteritidis, identification of which facilitated appropriate antibiotic treatment.

PMID:
27489071
PMCID:
PMC4986144
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2016-216150
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center