Laparoscopic Cecectomy for Massive Appendiceal Stump Bleeding

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Abstract

Summary:

Massive bleeding from an appendiceal stump is extremely rare and typically requires emergency laparotomy and resection. We describe a case of severe gastrointestinal hemorrhage from an inverted appendiceal stump in a 20-year-old man 1 year after appendectomy. This was successfully managed by an urgent totally intracorporeal laparoscopic cecectomy. The patient benefited from the laparoscopic excision and made an uneventful and speedy postoperative recovery. The postoperative discomfort, morbidity, and long hospitalization typically associated with laparotomy were avoided. For appendiceal stump bleeding, totally intracorporeal laparoscopic excision offers a viable alternative to open laparotomy.

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