Email updates

Keep up to date with the latest news and content from BMC Surgery and BioMed Central.

Open Access Highly Accessed Open Badges Research article

The value of routine histopathological examination of appendicectomy specimens

Alun E Jones*, Alexander W Phillips, John R Jarvis and Kevin Sargen

BMC Surgery 2007, 7:17  doi:10.1186/1471-2482-7-17

PubMed Commons is an experimental system of commenting on PubMed abstracts, introduced in October 2013. Comments are displayed on the abstract page, but during the initial closed pilot, only registered users can read or post comments. Any researcher who is listed as an author of an article indexed by PubMed is entitled to participate in the pilot. If you would like to participate and need an invitation, please email, giving the PubMed ID of an article on which you are an author. For more information, see the PubMed Commons FAQ.

Appendicitis- a common presentation of uncommon diseases


Appendicitis ,a common surgical emergency is known for its complex presentations.Although appendicitis usually results secondary to luminal obstruction,one has to remember that tumors of appendix also presents as appendicitis(1).There are case reports of caecal carcinoma(2),ileocaecal tuberculosis presenting as appendicitis.Histopathological examination of appendectomy specimens is a routine in most hospitals.It is essential to document inflamed appendix as the cause of pain abdomen and to rule out a tumor of appendix


1)McCusker ME, Cote TR, Clegg LX, Sobin LH. Primary malignant neoplasms of the appendix: A population-based study from the surveillance, epidemiology and end-results program, 1973-1998. Cancer 2002;94:3307-12

2)Bizer LS.Acute appendicitis is rarely the initial presentation of cecal cancer in the elderly patient.

J Surg Oncol. 1993 Sep;54(1):45-6.

Competing interests

None declared


Post a comment