Carcinoid Tumor of the Cecum Presenting with Acute Appendicitis: A Case ReportE. Cakar, S. Bayrak, H. Bektaş, Ș. Colak, A. Guneyi, M. Mahsuni Sevinc, M. Bag
Clinical case, no. 2, 2015
Background: Acute appendicitis is the most common causeof acute abdomen. Carcinoid tumor of the appendix is a rareincidental finding that can present with the clinical pictureof acute appendicitis.Case report: During open surgery for acute appendicitis, a 3em solid mass, not noticed externally, was palpated at thebase of the appendix. The mass and the appendix wereexcised by en-bloc wedge resection. The histopathologicalexamination of the lesion revealed carcinoid tumor.Conclusion: The aim of this presentation is to remind thatneoplasms of the appendix may, although rarely, present theclinical picture of acute appendicitis, and to highlight thatthey, particularly those located at the base of the appendixand in cecum, may be overlooked during laparoscopy. Theimportance of preoperative computerized tomography insuch cases has to be underlined.