Journal of Hong Kong College of Radiologists

Volume 5 Number 2, 2002

Porcelain Appendix: A Rare but Essential Diagnosis

KM Auyeung,1 CW Lai,1 SF Lee2
1Department of Diagnostic Radiology, North District Hospital, Hong Kong, 2Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Organ Imaging, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong

Mucocele of the appendix is a rare entity, not often considered when problems pertaining to the right lower abdominal quadrant are encountered. We describe the case of a patient with a large cystic mass in the lower abdomen, with extension into the pelvis. Pathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of appendiceal mucocele due to underlying cystadenoma. The condition of appendiceal mucocele is discussed and diagnostic imaging features described. (J HK Coll Radiol 2002;5:111-113)

Key Words: Appendix, Diagnostic imaging, Mucocele

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