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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 168-170

Adenocarcinoma of the appendix


1 Department of Anatomic Pathology, Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria
2 Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria
3 Department of Surgery, Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria
4 Gosec Medical Centre Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Gbemi Henry Ano-Edward
Department of Anatomic Pathology, Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/hmj.hmj_9_22

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Rationale: Adenocarcinoma of the appendix is a rare disease which is often diagnosed after surgery by a pathologist. Patient concerns: This case is that of a 50 year old man who presented with an acute abdomen. Diagnosis: A diagnosis of acute appendicitis was made. Interventions: He had an appendectomy and a subsequent right hemicolectomy performed. In the laboratory, the diagnosis of moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of the appendix and chronic granulomatous inflammation of lesions within the abdomen was made after surgery. Outcome: The patient did well after surgery and was followed up for three years in the outpatient clinic. Lessons: Although, a simple appendectomy may be sufficient for incidental adenocarcinoma of the appendix but for optimal outcome right hemicolectomy is advised for a suspicious mass or lesions. Furthermore, adenocarcinoma of the appendix is a very rare disease in our environment, surgeons are encouraged to submit appendectomy specimens for histopathological diagnosis.


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