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A CASE OF APPENDIX CARCINOID IN A PEDIATRIC PATIENT. A SUBTILE CLINICAL PRESENTATION

E. Bindi, R. Angotti, A.L. Bulotta, M. Sica, E. Cerchia, F. Molinaro, M. Messina
  • E. Bindi
    Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Italy
  • R. Angotti
    Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Italy
  • A.L. Bulotta
    Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Italy
  • M. Sica
    Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Italy
  • E. Cerchia
    Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Italy
  • F. Molinaro
    Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Italy
  • M. Messina
    Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena, Italy | mario.messina@unisi.it

Abstract

The appendix carcinoid, although rare (with an incidence of 0,08%), is the more frequent gastrointestinal tumor in children and teen. In most cases these tumors cannot be diagnosed or they can be incidentally found during a surgical exploration for acute abdomen. Only in few cases there are symptoms of a carcinoid’s syndrome (flushing, diarrhea and wheezing). In this work we present the manegement of a patient with an appendix carcinoid revealed during an appendicectomy performed for a peritonitis caused by a perforated appendicitis, underlining the importance of diagnosis and long term follow-up.

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