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2022 Nov 17

Diagnostics (Basel)



Appendiceal Mucinous Tumor Presenting as Recurrent Bowel Obstruction.


Lin W-T, Wang Y-H, Chen W-Y, Lao WT
Diagnostics (Basel). 2022 Nov 17; 12(11).
PMID: 36428891.


Appendiceal mucinous tumors are rare, with variable malignant potential, and they are usually found incidentally. Clinical symptoms are nonspecific. Rarely, appendiceal mucinous neoplasm causes bowel obstruction and makes diagnosis more difficult. We present a case of an 84-year-old female who came to our emergency department having had abdominal fullness and constipation for 5 days. Ileus, due to an affected adhesion band, was diagnosed initially, and symptoms improved gradually under conservative treatment. However, 3 months later she presented to the emergency department again with abdominal pain and distension; small bowel obstruction due to adhesion was again diagnosed. Recurrent bowel obstruction prompted emergent surgery. Operative findings showed a whitish appendiceal tumor adhering to and directly invading the adjacent ileum, with a segment of herniated small bowel wedged in between, causing the obstruction. Upon reviewing the initial computed tomography scan, the dilated tubular structure of appendiceal tumor was misrecognized as small bowel loop; there was no surrounding inflammatory sign, leading to diagnosis difficulty. Instead of a common cause of bowel obstruction, such as adhesion band, this case revealed bowel obstruction can be caused by the direct invasion of an appendiceal tumor. Awareness of this condition with careful image evaluation of small bowel obstruction is essential for diagnosis.