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January 1963

Appendicitis in the Newborn

Author Affiliations

Robert P. Hardman, M.D., 25 Fairmount St., Brookline, Mass.; Resident in Pediatrics (formerly) (now fellow in Neurology, Children's Hospital, Boston) (Dr. Hardman); Resident in Pathology (Dr. Bowerman).; From the University of Colorado Medical Center.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;105(1):99-101. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080040101016

Appendicitis is an uncommon disease in the first 2 years of life and is comparatively rare in the first month. The purpose of this article is to report a case of appendicitis with perforation and peritonitis, occurring in an infant of 10 days' age, and to summarize the recent literature concerning proved appendicitis in the first month of life.

Report of a Case  This white male infant was the product of a normal pregnancy, labor, and delivery and weighed 6 lb., 9 oz. (2,977 gm.) at birth. His course was uneventful until the age of 10 days, when he became irritable, anorectic, and febrile. At that time he was taken to another hospital, where his temperature was noted to be 104 F (40 C), his weight 6 lb. and 9 oz., pulse 120, and respirations 32. He was alert and active and sucked vigorously on his bottle. No abnormalities were