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Chirurgia 2010 October;23(5):193-5

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Primary mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix: a case report

Cirillo F. 1,2, Vismarra M. 1, Buononato M. 1, Aulisa P. 1, Grassia R. 3, Martinotti M. 1

1 Department of General Surgery, General Surgery Unit, Istituti Ospitalieri Hospital, Cremona, Italy
2 Rare Hormonal Tumors Group, Istituti Ospitalieri Hospital, Cremona, Italy
3 Gastroenterology Unit and Digestive Endoscopy, Istituti Ospitalieri Hospital, Cremona, Italy


Authors describe a case of mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix, a very rare epithelial tumor. Clinical signs are typical of appendicitis, and diagnosis is made only from histological findings. Preoperative CT findings can be useful in order to confirm the presence of a neoplastic lesion of the appendix. Right hemicolectomy is considered the correct surgical approach in order to avoid recurring disease. The frequent association with a colorectal cancer recommends the prophylactic appendectomy.

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