Turkish Journal of Surgery

Turkish Journal of Surgery

ISSN: 2564-6850
e-ISSN: 2564-7032


Mehmet Tolga Kafadar1, İsmail Bilgiç2, Seyfi Kartal3, Sefa Güliter4

1Clinic of General Surgery, Health Sciences University Mehmet Akif İnan Training and Research Hospital, Şanlıurfa, Turkey
2Clinic of General Surgery, Ankara Umut Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
3Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, Health Sciences University Kanuni Training and Research Hospital, Trabzon, Turkey
4Clinic of Gastroenterology, Minasera Aldan Hospital, Ankara, Turkey


Colonoscopy is commonly performed for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes and has a relatively low morbidity rate. Nevertheless, it is necessary for operators to be aware of the rare complications of colonoscopy due to a large number of procedures performed in daily practice. Acute appendicitis is an unusually rare occurrence after colonoscopy, with no clear association being found between the colonoscopy and acute appendicitis. A rapid diagnosis of this complication is possible by widespread awareness in surgeons regarding this condition. Acute appendicitis cannot be reliably resulted in as the cause of acute abdominal pain due to relatively subtle signs, symptoms, and studies performed for bowel perforation. The diagnosis of postcolonoscopy appendicitis is difficult, and strategies for its treatment show significant variation. This report presents a patient having undergone urgent laparotomy within 12 h after colonoscopy on having signs and symptoms of acute appendicitis-induced peritonitis.

Keywords: Appendicitis, colonoscopy, fecalith

This study was presented at the 13th National Hepatogastroenterology Congress, 27 April-1 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey.
Cite this paper as: Kafadar MT, Bilgiç İ, Kartal S, Güliter S. An unusual cause of acute abdomen: Post-colonoscopy appendicitis. Turk J Surg 2018; 34(4): 340-341.


Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - M.T.K., İ.B.; Design - M.T.K., S.K.; Supervision - M.T.K., İ.B., S.G.; Resource - M.T.K., S.K.; Materials - M.T.K., İ.B.; Data Collection and/or Processing - M.T.K., S.G.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - M.T.K., İ.B.; Literature Search - M.T.K., S.K.; Writing Manuscript - M.T.K.; Critical Reviews - M.T.K., İ.B., S.G.

Conflict of Interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.