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June 5, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(6):354-356. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840230006002

The right lower quadrant of the abdomen is the site of the most common inflammatory lesions of the peritoneal cavity. Because of the frequency of acute appendicitis and its complications and the frequency of surgical intervention, it is worth while to report 2 cases of a relatively rare condition which is occasionally encountered when the diagnosis of appendicitis has been made.

Thirty-seven cases of solitary diverticulitis of the cecum have been found in the American and British literature. Those cases were excluded in which other diverticula were found either at operation or on subsequent x-ray examination of the colon. In a considerable number of cases (24 of 39) no information was available concerning the presence or absence of other diverticula. However, the essential pathologic process in each case was in a solitary diverticulum that was demonstrated to be acutely inflamed at operation. One of Satterlee's1 cases, described as an