Laparoscopic resection of an incidental appendiceal mucocele: is it correct Case report

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Carmine Cartanese
Tommaso Petitti, Lucio Ferrozzi


Mucocele of the appendix is an uncommon disorder, characterized by a cystic dilatation of the lumen; it’s mainly due
to mucinous cystadenoma. Definite diagnosis is difficult preoperatively. It can be discovered incidentally at laparotomy or
laparoscopy performed for other reason. Treatment consist in complete resection avoiding rupture of the cyst in the peritoneal cavity. Indeed, rupture of the lesion either spontaneous or accidental, during surgery may result in the clinical
condition of pseudomyxoma peritonei. Therefore, open approach is recommended for the surgical treatment of these lesions.
The role of laparoscopic surgery in the management of appendiceal mucocele remains controversial. We report a case of
mucous cystadenoma of the appendix, successfully removed during a laparoscopy for perforated peptic ulcer, which was
well at a 12-month follow-up. Laparoscopic appendectomy is not contraindicated in mucocele of appendix, if appropriate precautions can be takenintraoperatively

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Carmine Cartanese, and Tommaso Petitti, Lucio Ferrozzi. “Laparoscopic Resection of an Incidental Appendiceal Mucocele: Is It Correct Case Report”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 83, no. 4, July 2012, pp. 359-62,
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