The question as to what chronic appendicitis is and whether it ever exists has long since become trite. That there is a clinical entity consisting of a chronic disorder of the appendix is believed by most surgeons. Many appendixes continue to be removed because of so-called "chronic appendicitis." If there were no virtue in this practice one would expect it to present indications of ceasing to be the vogue. Statistics compiled from studies of the after-histories of patients whose appendixes have been removed because the organs seemed to be chronic disturbers of the peace lead to various conclusions. Enough favorable reports1 have been given and sufficient observations have been made in their own practices to encourage the majority of surgeons to continue to remove appendixes because of chronic complaints. This is in spite of the fact that surgeons2 as well as pathologists freely admit that definite chronic inflammation
CUTLER OI. MILD ACUTE APPENDICITIS: APPENDICAL OBSTRUCTION. Arch Surg. 1935;31(5):729–741. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180170054005
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