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May 1979

Appendicitis in Acute Leukemia

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Pediatric Surgery, Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital, San Antonio, Tex (Drs Ver Steeg, LaSalle, and Ratner), and the Department of Surgery, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Tex (Dr LaSalle). Dr Ver Steeg is now with the Scott and White Clinic, Temple, Tex. Dr Ratner is also with the Department of Pediatric Surgery, University of Texas Health Center, San Antonio.

Arch Surg. 1979;114(5):632-633. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1979.01370290082017

• The cases of five children with acute leukemia complicated by appendicitis were reviewed. All but one child had typical signs and symptoms of acute appendicitis, though four children were receiving prednisone. All five children underwent appendectomy, and all survived the immediate postoperative period. One child had a spontaneous remission following appendectomy. Two of three children in relapse suffered serious postoperative complications. Our experience supports the surgical management of appendicitis in acute leukemia.

(Arch Surg 114:632-633, 1979)