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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 249-251

Perforated appendicitis in a septuagenarian


Department of Surgery, Drumheller Hospital, Drumheller AB, T0J 0Y1, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Robert B Sanda
Department of Surgery, Drumheller Hospital, Drumheller AB, T0J 0Y1
Canada
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.84701

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Appendicitis in the elderly is becoming an increasingly frequent clinical encounter due to the increased life expectancy in the human race over the last half-century. Appendicitis in this age group has, therefore, become relatively more common with an atypical presentation that incurs delay in diagnosis with attendant morbidity and mortality. We present a septuagenarian who presented atypically with a rapidly progressing feature of appendicitis that emphasizes the need for early operative intervention. In addition, the patient presented with other comorbidities that could detract from a diagnosis of appendicitis to the unwary.


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