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Pancreatitis complicated by acute appendicitis

Mohamed Gomah Hamed Alaqqad, Leela Ram, Packirisamy Kannan, Mohamad Abou Al Neaj
Published in : HAMDAN MEDICAL JOURNAL ; Vol 8, No 1 (2015)
DOI : 10.7707/hmj.387


Both appendicitis and pancreatitis are considered to be the most common causes of acute abdomen presenting to accident and emergency departments. Could appendicitis be a complication of pancreatitis or is it just chance that patients are found to have both pathologies?

Here we report the case of a 27-year-old male presenting with symptoms of acute appendicitis and a history suggesting pancreatitis: recurrent abdominal pain and jaundice. A laparoscopic appendectomy was carried out for a severely inflamed appendix with periappendicitis. Using laparoscopy it was evident that small bowel ileus was present but there were no features of complicated pancreatitis. This report suggests that appendicitis was a complication of pancreatitis.


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