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A case of appendiceal mucinous cystadenoma which presented as painless purulent umbilical discharge
  1. Latifa Al Buainain1,
  2. Turki Al Khaldi2 and
  3. Wael Mohamed Tahseen3
  1. 1 General Surgery Department, Bahrain Defence Force Hospital Royal Medical Services, West Riffa, Bahrain
  2. 2 Plastic Surgery and Burn Department, Bahrain Defence Force hospital Royal Medical Services, West Riffa, Bahrain
  3. 3 Radiology Department, Bahrain Defence Force Hospital Royal Medical Services, West Riffa, Bahrain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Turki Al Khaldi, turkey.alkhaldi{at}


A 57-year-old obese, diabetic woman, presented with 1 day history of purulent umbilical discharge. She was vitally stable and afebrile. Abdominal examination revealed a full abdomen with purulent discharge from the umbilicus, swelling with erythema and induration surrounding the umbilicus. Lab tests were normal. Initial impression was abdominal wall abscess. Ultrasound showed subcutaneous fluid collection. Non-contrast CT showed collection and abdominal wall defect at the umbilicus. On exploration of the abscess cavity, there were two defects (umbilical and supraumbilical) with appendix protruding through the umbilical defect and a part of a small bowel and omentum adherent to the other defect. Wash was given, bowel and omentum were released and appendectomy was performed. Histopathology showed mucinous cystadenoma with periappendicitis. We would like to highlight the rare occurrence of an appendiceal mucinous cystadenoma in such a clinical presentation.

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  • Both LAB and TAK are first authors.

  • Contributors TAK wrote up the paper and was the assistance of his consultant LAB during the surgery. He also responded to the reviewers comments. LAB is the primary consultant. She managed the case and followed her up. She reviewed the initial paper written by TAK and did the necessary modifications. WMT was the radiologist on-call who did the ultrasound and the CT scan, he provided the images and its descriptions.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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