Computed tomography findings mimicking appendicitis as a manifestation of colorectal cancer

Richard E. Watchorn, Liina Poder, Zhen J. Wang, Benjamin M. Yeh, Emily M. Webb, Fergus V. Coakley

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Abstract

The primary computed tomography (CT) signs of appendicitis can also be seen with other inflammatory or neoplastic processes. We report on two cases in which appendiceal dilatation and peri-appendiceal fluid or stranding were the dominant imaging manifestations of colorectal carcinoma in the ascending colon. This study highlights the need to closely examine the ascending colon in patients with a suspected CT diagnosis of acute appendicitis, since these findings may be secondary to an inconspicuous colorectal carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-432
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Imaging
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

Keywords

  • Appendicitis
  • Colorectal carcinoma
  • Computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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