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June 1932


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Arch Surg. 1932;24(6):923-932. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160180033003

There are relatively few reports in the literature of cases of diverticulum of the appendix. This may indicate that it is a rather rare condition, or that it is considered of little clinical importance. It is my purpose to add evidence concerning the frequency of this condition and to emphasize the possible clinical significance of diverticulum of the vermiform appendix.

The frequency of such diverticula is not well established, and there is considerable difference of opinion among authors who have written on the subject. The frequency with which they are found depends largely on the care with which all appendixes are examined. So many appendixes are examined that they are of little interest to pathologists and clinicians in many instances. True diverticula with all the coats of the appendix appear to be rare, and it is probable that it is this type to which Kaufmann1 refers when he says

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