Missed small bowel obstruction that complicated an acute appendicitis: a misdiagnosis

Paediatric Surgery
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2013.0007
13
36-41
Missed small bowel obstruction that complicated an acute appendicitis: a misdiagnosis

We present a case of an 11-year-old boy who had an abdominal pain for 4 days, which was found to be caused by an acute appendicitis that ruptured. The second day after an open appendectomy, he was found to have a small bowel obstruction that was not found during the procedure. The reasons for this misdiagnosis are discussed in this article to help other health care providers avoid this dangerous complication.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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