J Korean Soc Coloproctol.  2001 Feb;17(1):15-19.

Surgical Management of Cecal Diverticulitis Detected during Appendectomy

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  • 1Dong Suwon General Hospital, Korea. Tiger617@edunet4u.net
  • 2Kangnam Hospital, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
Acute diverticulitis of the right colon is not rare in Korea and the clinical presentation is indistin guishable from acute appendicitis. Cecal diverticulitis has led to a controversy in the management of disease.
METHODS
Thirty-one cases of acute cecal diverticulitis who underwent operation for suspected acute appendicitis were reviewed retrospectively from January 1995 to December 1998.
RESULTS
There were 17 men & 14 women. Ages ranged from 9 to 69 (mean: 37.5) years. All patients presented with signs and symptoms as acute appendicitis. All patients were explored through a transverse incision in the right lower quadrant under the impression of acute appendicitis. An appendectomy and drainage was performed in 13 patients, and resection of the lesion was performed in 18 patients (12 ileocecal resection, one partial cecectomy including appendix, one partial cecectomy and an appendectomy, 4 diverticulectomy and appendectomy), depending on the location of diverticulitis, severity of inflammation, and surgeon. Staples (TA(R), GIA(R)) were used in all cecal resection cases except for diverticulectomy. Five complications were observed, 3 in cecal resection cases (one wound seroma, one wound infection and one bleeding), and 2 in appendectomy and drainage cases (two wound infections). There was no postoperative mortality. The average length of the postoperative stay was 10.2 days in the drainage group and 8.8 days in the cecal resection group. Two recurrences were observed. One was the patient who had diverticulectomy performed. The other was a patient who had had appendectomy and drainage.
CONCLUSION
We concluded that the preferred surgical management of an acute cecal diverticulitis operated for a presumed acute appendicitis is cecectomy using staples depending on its location and severity of inflammation. It was safe, relatively easy to do through the same incision, and could be a definitive treatment.

Keyword

Cecal diverticulitis; Cecectomy; Stapler

MeSH Terms

Appendectomy*
Appendicitis
Appendix
Colon
Diverticulitis*
Drainage
Female
Humans
Inflammation
Korea
Male
Mortality
Recurrence
Retrospective Studies
Seroma
Wound Infection
Wounds and Injuries
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