Neonatal appendicitis mimicking intestinal duplication: a case report
1 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Fukuoka Children’s Hospital and Medical Center for Infectious Diseases, 2-5-1 Tojin-machi Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0063, Japan
2 Department of Radiology, Fukuoka Children’s Hospital and Medical Center for Infectious Diseases, 2-5-1 Tojin-machi Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0063, Japan
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:286 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-286Published: 10 September 2012
Acute appendicitis is a common disease in older children but rare in neonates.
We report the case of a 2-day-old Asian baby who suffered from neonatal appendicitis mimicking intestinal duplication. Laparoscopic appendectomy was successfully performed after the trans-umbilical division of adhesions, and the postoperative course was uneventful.
There are few reports describing abdominal masses caused by appendicitis mimicking intestinal duplication. The laparoscopic approach for neonatal appendicitis is considered to be a safe and useful therapeutic modality with good cosmetic results.