Laparoscopic surgery for acute appendicitis in children with cancer

Julia Singer, Gustavo Stringel, Mehmet Fevzi Ozkaynak, Whitney McBride, Samir Pandya, Claudio Sandoval

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Introduction: Abdominal pain during cancer chemotherapy may be caused by medical or surgical conditions. A retrospective review of 5 children with cancer who had appendicitis while receiving chemotherapy was performed. Case Descriptions: Three had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and 1 each had T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and rhabdomyosarcoma. Two of the patients had a Pediatric Appendectomy Score of 6, and 1 each had a score of 7, 5, and 2. All had evidence of appendicitis on computed tomography. Laparoscopic appendectomy was performed without any perioperative complication. Discussion: Appendicitis is an important diagnosis in children with cancer, and laparoscopic appendectomy is safe and the procedure of choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2015.00066
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2015


  • Appendicitis
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Pediatric cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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