This case of mucous cancer of the appendix, with gelatinous spreading peritonitis, is of primary interest, since a search of the literature revealed very few cases with similar pathologic changes.
Schena1 reported the case of a man, aged 52, operated on in December, 1928, because of symptoms and signs pointing to involvement of the appendix. Operation revealed a mucous carcinoma of the appendix with gelatinous peritonitis. Appendectomy was performed. Two and a half years later the patient was again operated on for ulcerative carcinoma of the rectum. At this time only slight evidence of the former lesion remained in the pelvis.
Primary carcinoma of the appendix is by no means rare, the average occurrence being 0.39 per cent of all appendixes removed.2 Up to 1906, only 42 cases had been reported, while by 1929 the number had been raised to 334.3
In spite of this number, "at
HOBART MH, NESSELROD JP. PRIMARY CARCINOMA OF APPENDIX WITH GELATINOUS SPREADREPORT OF A CASE. JAMA. 1933;100(24):1930–1931. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740240026009
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