OBJECTIVE: Chronic appendicitis (CA) is a rare medical condition. CA is characterized by a less severe and almost continuous abdominal pain. It has a clinical picture lasting longer than 1-2 days and extending over weeks, months, even years. The exact etiology of CA is unclear. Certain resources have reported it as the cause of partial obstruction in the lumen of the appendix.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our study was carried out with the approval of the Clinical Research Ethics Committee. A retrospective analysis was performed between August 2018 and March 2020.
RESULTS: It was determined that 207 appendectomies were performed during the retrospective scan period. The data of 182 of these patients could be accessed fully and we could get answers to the criteria we thought. Only 8 of the patients screened were likely to be diagnosed with chronic appendicitis in the preoperative period. CA was found in 1 of the 8 patients (12.5%) who underwent surgery after a preliminary diagnosis of CA. Two patients were reported as malignant (25%), 3 patients (37.5%) as reactive lymphoid hyperplasia, and 1 patient as peri appendicitis (12.5%). Bleeding and congestion were reported in the last patient (12.5%).
CONCLUSIONS: The diagnosis of chronic appendicitis is made by pathological examination. It may not always be possible to consider “chronic appendicitis” as a preliminary diagnosis. This should still be kept in mind. In our opinion, it is a bit difficult to make a preliminary diagnosis of chronic appendicitis and make a surgical decision. We believe that controlled and prospective studies can shed more light on chronic appendicitis.
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B.H. Kanat, Ö.A. Solmaz, P. Bozdağ, S. Doğan, N. Kutluer, F. Kurt, F.M. Yazar, Y. Aydin, B. Öndes
Chronic appendicitis: the process from pre-diagnosis to pathology
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 25 - N. 24