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  • 2013-11-03

Right hemicolectomy for appendicular mucocele

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2013;13(11). URL:
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The appendicular mucocele is defined by a dilation of the appendix and an unusual accumulation of mucus within its lumen. It is a rare pathology which affects 0.25% of the population. Its histological discovery is made during the postoperative phase in nearly 70% of cases. Appendicular mucoceles, which are secondary to a muco-secretive tumor, can potentially be a problem if they are malignant, especially in case of preoperative or intraoperative rupture, with a risk of gelatinous disease of the peritoneum. The positive diagnosis is based on a histological study, which must be systematic, for all appendectomy specimens. Preoperatively, it is essential to recognize an appendicular mucocele, in order to properly adapt the surgical technique, and to potentially envisage a more global surgical resection technique. We present the case of a 70-year-old man, treated in our unit for right iliac fossa abscess in which an explorative laparoscopy was decided upon after one month of medical treatment.