Endometriosis of the appendix presenting as acute appendicitis: A case report and literature review

  • S Uwaezuoke
  • E Udoye
  • E Etebu
Keywords: Appendix, Endometriosis, Appendicitis

Abstract

Endometriosis is a common disease generally, but appendiceal endometriosis causing acute appendicitis is a very uncommon clinical phenomenon and a few cases have been reported. The authors aim to highlight the rarity of such clinical entity in Nigeria. A 29 year old nulliparous woman presented with severe right iliac fossa pains, tenderness and rebound tenderness on her second day of menstruation. She subsequently had appendicectomy and a histopathological diagnosis of appendiceal endometriosis causing acute appendicitis. Appendiceal endometriosis causing acute appendicitis is rare, and definitive diagnosis is performed through histopathological evaluation. Post-operative gynaecological follow-up is highly recommended.

KEY WORDS: Appendix, Endometriosis, Appendicitis

Published
2013-03-13
Section
Articles

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