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June 1974

Acute Appendicitis Secondary to Metastatic Carcinoma of the Breast: A Report and Review of Two Cases

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(6):872-875. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350300102025

Two patients developed acute appendicitis secondary to metastatic mammary carcinoma. This unusual occurrence may become more common as increased survival for patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma is achieved, and it should be emphasized that chemotherapy can remarkably alter symptoms, signs, and management of such patients. If oophorectomy is performed in such a patient, appendectomy should be done concomitantly.