Case report| Volume 32, ISSUE 3, P511-515, June 1936

Mucocele of appendix

Report of two cases, one causing intussusception and partial intestinal obstruction
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        1. Two cases of mucocele of the appendix are reported, one of which caused intussusception and partial intestinal obstruction in an adult. Complete recovery followed operation in each case.
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        2. Mucocele of the appendix is a rare, chronic condition which is seldom diagnosed before operation or necropsy. Its presence should be suspected in any case in which there is a movable palpable mass in the region of the cecum which is not associated with fever, loss of weight, anemia or gastrointestinal disturbances other than vague discomfort in this region.
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        3. Surgical removal of the appendix is the only method of treatment, and should be done as early as possible before pseudomyxomatous peritonaei develop which nearly always terminate fatally.
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        4. Other complications associated with mucocele of the appendix are intussusception, invagination, volvulus, intestinal obstruction and gangrene.
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        5. Surgical treatment may necessitate partial resection of the cecum as was necessary in Case 1, and the surgeon should be prepared to follow this procedure if it is necessary.
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