chronic appendicitis


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chron·ic ap·pen·di·ci·tis

fibrous adhesions, scarring, or deformity of the appendix following subsidence of acute appendicitis; fibrous obliteration of the distal lumen is not abnormal in older persons; term frequently used to refer to repeated mild attacks of acute appendicitis.

chronic appendicitis

a type of appendicitis characterized by thickening or scarring of the vermiform appendix, caused by previous inflammation.

chron·ic ap·pen·di·cit·is

(kronik ă-pend-di-sītis)
Fibrous adhesions, scarring, or deformity of the appendix following subsidence of acute appendicitis; term frequently signifying repeated mild attacks of acute appendicitis.

chronic appendicitis

Appendicitis that may follow an acute but untreated attack, leaving fibrosis and narrowing of the lumen of the appendix. Some authorities question the existence of this entity, as those pathological changes can result from other inflammatory conditions or simply from a gradual narrowing of the lumen.
See also: appendicitis
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Of the total 150 cases, 39 (26%) were of chronic appendicitis.
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