Turkish Journal of Surgery

Turkish Journal of Surgery

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


Kazım Şenol1, Murat Ferhat Ferhatoğlu2, Deniz Tihan3

1Department of General Surgery, Koç University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of General Surgery, Okan University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
3Department of General Surgery, Bursa Yüksek İhtisas Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Objective: Appendiceal tumors are rare and mostly present as acute appendicitis. Its estimated lifetime prevalence has been reported as 8%, and the annual incidence is approximately 0.1% in Western countries. The only treatment approach is still surgery, but surgical management still remains unclear in appendiceal malignancy.
Material and Methods: Histopathological examination of 2840 specimens obtained from patients who underwent appendectomy between January 2012 and December 2015 was investigated. Data from 23 patients diagnosed with the malignancy had been analyzed in terms of age, gender, and preoperative and postoperative clinical parameters. The overall survival rates of the patients and prognostic parameters affecting survival were also evaluated. Statistical analyses were performed using the SPSS software. The study was performed according to the Declaration of Helsinki.
Results: The overall median age of the patients was 28 years with a male/female ratio of 1.55. Pediatric group between 1 and 6 years, late pediatric group between 7 and 11 years, and adolescent group between 12 and 17 years did not present appendix tumors. Carcinoid tumors were reported in 17 patients. Adenocarcinoma of the appendix was reported in 6 patients. Patients with carcinoid tumors were significantly younger than those with adenocancer (p=0.01). The mean tumor size of the carcinoid group was significantly smaller than that of the adenocancer group (p=0.02). Patients with adenocancer were significantly more likely to have tumor extension beyond the appendix (p=0.05). All patients in the adenocancer group and 4 patients in the carcinoid group with mesoappendix invasion underwent right hemicolectomy. Univariate analyses demonstrated that serosal invasion, advanced tumor stage, and tumor invasion depth were associated with poor survival rates.
Conclusion: Tumor subtype and tumor invasiveness are important risk factors for survival in appendiceal malignancies. Appendectomy alone presents satisfactory results, but complete staging of the tumor should always be considered. In addition, surgical choice is not presented as an effective factor for improved clinical outcomes and survival rates. Further prospective studies are needed to evaluate the proper staging of the tumors.

Keywords: Appendectomy, appendicitis, appendiceal malignancies, appendiceal tumors

Cite this paper as: Şenol K, Ferhatoğlu MF, Tihan D. Clinicopathologic and prognostic features in appendiceal malignancies: Tumor invasiveness matters. Turk J Surg 2017; 10.5152/turkjsurg.2018.4104.


Ethics Committee Approval

Ethics committee approval was received for this study from the Ethics Committee of Yüksek İhtisas Training and Research Hospital.

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

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

Conflict of Interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Financial Disclosure

This research was supported by Bursa State Hospital and Yüksek İhtisas Training and Research Hospital.


We thank our colleagues from General Surgery Department who performed the operations. We also thank to the anonymous referees for their useful suggestions.