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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 858563, 2 pages
Case Report

Septic Mesenteric Venous Thrombophlebitis: A Rare Complication of Acute Appendicitis

Department of General Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, University Hospital Essen, Hufelandstr. 55, 45147 Essen, Germany

Received 27 August 2011; Accepted 6 October 2011

Academic Editor: Gerald S. Supinski

Copyright © 2011 Stylianos Kykalos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Mesenteric venous thrombophlebitis represents a very rare complication of acute appendicitis. Based on the findings of a 45-year-old patient with mesenteric venous thrombophlebitis due to acute appendicitis, we herein describe the diagnostic difficulties and therapeutic options in this uncommon disease. The treatment in our case consisted of simple appendectomy and perioperative anticoagulation therapy.