An uncommon late complication of appendicitis

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  • A 10-year-old boy presented with a 2.5-week history of right leg pain and limp. A right flank mass was noted by a parent on the day of presentation. The child's past medical history was remarkable for perforated appendicitis treated with an interval laparoscopic appendectomy 2 years before this presentation. Abdominal and pelvic computed tomography revealed a retroperitoneal mass with calcifications, suggestive of a retained appendicolith with abscess formation. This case illustrates the importance of considering very late complications of appendicitis in patients presenting with fever and abdominal or flank pain or masses. © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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  • Lapus RM; Baker MD
  • Start Page

  • 757
  • End Page

  • 758
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 10