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Percutaneous removal of a retained appendicolith causing recurrent perihepatic abscesses between the liver and diaphragm


Many cases of appendicitis can be associated with appendicoliths. These may sometimes be lost during appendectomies and may be lodged in the body. Most of these cases lead to recurrent abscess formation, and these appendicoliths invariably need removal. Typically, this used to be done as an open surgery or laparoscopically. Here we describe the case of a transcutaneous removal of an appendicolith that was lodged between the liver and diaphragm that led to recurrent perihepatic abscess formation in a 24-year-old otherwise healthy man. The patient made a successful recovery without any recurrence. A transcutaneous approach to remove a retained appendicolith may be a feasible, a safe and an easy method to extract appendicoliths that are accessible for transcutaneous removal.

  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Radiology
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