Three patients had had appendectomy performed as a prophylactic procedure during operation for unrelated diseases. Subsequently, acute appendicitis developed in the stump left in the earlier operation. In two patients, the stump was 2 cm. in length. Appendectomy secondary to other surgery should be avoided unless the established surgical procedures of good exposure and complete appendiceal removal can be carried out.
Sigel B, Wolcott MW. APPENDICITIS AFTER APPENDECTOMY. JAMA. 1959;170(10):1151–1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010100013005
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