Chapter 28. Acute Appendicitis

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine3,4,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist5 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor6,7
  1. John Moorehead MD, FRCS Consultant Surgeon Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery1,2 and
  2. Ian McAllister MD Consultant Surgeon1

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch28

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Moorehead, J. and McAllister, I. (2008) Acute Appendicitis, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 3

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 4

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 5

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 6

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 7

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Ulster Community & Hospitals Trust, Belfast, UK

  2. 2

    Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • acute appendicitis;
  • differential diagnosis of acute appendicitis;
  • retrocecal appendix;
  • open appendicectomy;
  • diagnosis of appendicitis;
  • algorithm for management of right iliac fossa pain;
  • management of complicated appendicitis;
  • postoperative complications


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Etiology

  • History

  • Examination

  • Unusual presentations

  • Investigation

  • Management

  • Management of complicated appendicitis

  • Postoperative complications

  • References