Laparoscopic Resection of an Appendiceal Mucocele

Lee M Morris, MD, Patrick R Reardon, MD. The Houston Methodist Hospital

This is a video case report of a laparoscopic resection of an appendiceal mucocele with discussion.  A sixty-nine year old woman was incidentally found to have a cystic right lower quadrant mass on imaging.  A laparoscopic resection of a 6cm low-grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasm of undetermined malignant potential was confirmed by pathology.  The patient was discharged home on post-operative day #3 and continues to do well.  The optimal surgical approach to a pre-operatively diagnosed appendiceal mucocele has been debated.  We conclude that the laparoscopic approach is both feasible and safe.  However, long-term follow up is still required.


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