Appendix

  • Ralph H. Hruban
  • William H. Westra
  • Timothy H. Phelps
  • Christina Isacson

Abstract

The appendix is a common specimen in the surgical pathology laboratory. The dissection of these specimens is not complex, since most appendectomies are performed for simple acute appendicitis. Even so, the appendix is all too often not examined appropriately. Cursory examination of the appendix is a pitfall to be avoided. Instead, develop the habit of thoroughly examining every appendix. Regard every appendiceal specimen as an opportunity to uncover unsuspected pathologic processes.

Keywords

Longitudinal Section Surgical Pathology Incidental Neoplasm Pathology Laboratory Cursory Examination 
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References

  1. Gray GF Jr, Wackym PA. Surgical pathology of the vermiform appendix. Pathol Annu. 1986; 21: 111–144.PubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph H. Hruban
    • 1
  • William H. Westra
    • 1
  • Timothy H. Phelps
    • 2
  • Christina Isacson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pathology Meyer 7-181The Johns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, School of MedicineThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of PathologyVirginia Mason Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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