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June 1979

Porcelain Appendix: A Calcified Mucocele Fractures to Produce an Acute Abdomen

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospital, Charleston.

Arch Surg. 1979;114(6):736-737. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1979.01370300090018

• Mucocele of the appendix is rare and occasionally is accompanied by calcification. In a recent case, an eggshell-thin calcified mucocele fractured to produce an acute abdomen. This situation was not found in a review of the literature. A brief summary of the properties of mucocele is presented.

(Arch Surg 114:736-737, 1979)