Neonatal Perforated Appendicitis Masquerading as Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Andrew Tumen, Pranit N Chotai, John Matthew Williams, Adrianne Myers-Webb, Jie Zhang, Ramesh Krishnan, James W Eubanks III

Abstract


A preterm neonate underwent emergent laparotomy for presumed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Intra-operatively, neonatal perforated appendicitis (NPA) was encountered. This may represent a form of NEC localized to the appendix. A high index of clinical suspicion and early laparotomy are recommended.


Keywords


Neonatal perforated appendicitis; Neonatal appendicitis; Necrotizing enterocolitis; Localized NEC

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21699/jns.v6i2.482

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