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.

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. These cases showed an increased mast cell clustering in the vicinity of the blood vessels.
It can be concluded that the mast cell count was the highest in chronic appendicitis, thus indicating the growth interaction between the mast cells and fibroblasts in areas of fibrosis.
An extensive literature search turned up only three references to chronic appendicitis as a potential cause of chronic pelvic pain.
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Although findings presented here are consistent with chronic appendicitis with superimposed acute inflammatory changes of the hernia sac, it can be inferred at some point that the appendix was in fact acutely inflamed.
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