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i had an appendectomy and under final diagnosis it says acute appendicitis and periappendicitis. what is periappendicitis?

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Dr. Anne Missavage
40 years experience General Surgery
Appendix path report: Periappendicitis is the infection spreading through the appendix into the surrounding tissues. I would expect that you felt much better after the appendectomy!
Answered on Aug 25, 2020
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Around appendix: The prefix peri- means around. Periappendicitis means that there was inflammation and/or infection in the tissues surrounding the appendix.
Answered on Dec 31, 2019
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Dr. Anne Missavage
40 years experience General Surgery
In early appendicitis, when the appendix does not look so bad the appendix is red, but not very swollen, the path report says "appendicitis". If the path report also says "periappendicitis", the infection involves the appendix and the surrounding tissues. The appendix feels swollen and stiff, and is obviously abnormal. If is says "gangrene", the surgeon will have noticed the dead tissue.
Jun 9, 2015

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