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July 4, 1959


Author Affiliations

Coral Gables, Fla.

From the Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, and the University of Miami School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1959;170(10):1151-1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010100013005

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.