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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 15, Issue 3, Pages 201-204
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2001/340984
Brief Communication

Ulcerative Colitis of the Appendix (‘Ulcerative Appendicitis’) Mimicking Acute Appendicitis

LR Barclay,1 WT Depew,1 KK Taguchi,2 and DJ Hurlbut3

1Department of Medicine, Queen’s University at Kingston, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
2Department of Surgery, Queen’s University at Kingston, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
3Department of Pathology, Queen’s University at Kingston, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Received 26 July 1999; Accepted 9 November 1999

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Abstract

Appendiceal involvement in ulcerative colitis may occur in the setting of either diffuse or distal disease, and is usually diagnosed incidentally at the time of proctocolectomy. The present patient had a rare case of 'ulcerative appendicitis' occurring on a background of clinically quiescent ulcerative colitis, and presented with the signs and symptoms of acute appendicitis.