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April 1975

Trauma to the Appendix: A Report of Two Cases

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, Calif, and Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(4):446-447. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360100088018

Only two cases of trauma to the vermiform appendix are recorded in the English literature. This report adds two more cases: one due to a penetrating bullet wound of the abdomen where tangential laceration of the appendix was the only intra-abdominal injury, the other an avulsion of the appendix from the mesoappendix resulting from blunt abdominal trauma. Preoperative diagnosis of this specific lesion could not be made. Both patients were successfully managed by appendectomy.

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