Appendicitis complicated by hemoperitoneum

Ber Ming Liu, Sheung Fat Ko, Jien Wei Liu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Differential diagnosis of acute appendicitis in women of childbearing age is a challenge because of the range of gynecologic and obstetric problems with similar manifestations. We report a case of acute appendicitis with the rarely encountered complications of hemoperitoneum a sexually active 32-year-old woman. The patient presented with right lower quadrant pain and a positive culdocentesis wit non-clotting blood. Hemorrhagic corpus luteal cyst was the initial impression. Ruptured appendicitis with abscess formation and complicated hemoperitoneum was diagnosed later with the aid of abdominal computed tomographic scan, and was confirmed during operation. Hemoperitoneum may be a complication of appendicitis with abscess formation; a detailed medical history and physical examination are helpful in making the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-895
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number12
StatePublished - 12 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Appendicitis
  • Case report
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Hemoperitoneum
  • Tomography
  • X-ray computed


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