Role of CT in left-sided acute appendicitis: case report

R S Ratani, J O Haller, W Y Wang, D C Yang
Abdominal Imaging 2002, 27 (1): 18-9
We present the computed tomographic findings in a case of left-sided acute appendicitis associated with midgut malrotation, which is a rare anomaly. The inflamed appendix was visualized as a tubular, fluid-filled, enhancing structure in the left lower quadrant. The entire colon was located in the left abdomen. The presence of a superior mesenteric vein rotation sign ascertained the presence of midgut malrotation. Computed tomography is useful not only in providing accurate diagnosis of left-sided appendicitis but also in detecting associated rotational anomalies, which may require separate surgical correction.

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