Appendicitis in a 14-month-old infant with respiratory symptoms

Giulia Brisighelli, Anna Morandi, Filippo Parolini, Ernesto Leva

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Although appendicitis is the condition that most commonly requires emergent abdominal surgery in the paediatric population, less than 2% of the disease occurs in infants and it is even more uncommon in neonates. In this report, we describe a rare case of a 14-month-old child presenting with abdominal pain first diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection and then admitted to our Paediatric Surgery Department with a final diagnosis of acute appendicitis. A particular attention has to be kept on children presenting with an upper respiratory tract infection since symptoms can mask abdominal signs. Due to high morbidity and mortality rate related to a delayed diagnosis, appendicitis always has to be considered as a possible diagnosis, in order to ensure a prompt treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-151
Number of pages4
JournalAfrican Journal of Paediatric Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


  • Acute abdomen
  • appendicitis
  • infant
  • respiratory infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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