Cecal diverticulitis mimicking acute Appendicitis: a report of 4 cases

Oguzhan Karatepe; Osman Bilgin Gulcicek; Gokhan Adas; Muharrem Battal; Yasar Ozdenkaya; Idris Kurtulus; Merih Altiok; Servet Karahan
January 2008
World Journal of Emergency Surgery;2008, Vol. 3, Special section p1
Academic Journal
Case Study
Diverticulum of the cecum is a rare, benign, generally asymptomatic lesion that manifests itself only following inflammatory or hemorrhagic complications. Most patients with inflammation of a solitary diverticulum of the cecum present with abdominal pain that is indistinguishable from acute appendicitis. The optimal management of this condition is still controversial, ranging from conservative antibiotic treatment to aggressive resection. We describe four cases that presented with symptoms suggestive of appendicitis, but were found at operation to have an inflamed solitary diverticulum.


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