Invasive Mucinous Neoplasm of the Appendix Masquerading as Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections: a Case Report

Mil Med. 2020 Dec 30;185(11-12):e2166-e2170. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa179.


We report on a case of a healthy male patient who was referred to Urology for recurrent persistent urinary tract infections. Investigation revealed a large intraabdominal inflammatory collection abutting the cecum and bladder suspicious for ruptured appendicitis and colovesical fistula. He was taken to the operating room for exploratory laparotomy with General Surgery and Urology and found to have a ruptured appendix secondary to mucinous appendiceal neoplasm with invasion into the cecum and the bladder wall. He then underwent systemic chemotherapy followed by hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. He is well with stable right lower quadrant inflammatory collection and without evidence of metastatic disease 22 months following initial surgery. This case presents a rare presentation of a rare disease process that is easy to misdiagnose or be delayed in diagnosis because of its vague and often varied presentation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Appendiceal Neoplasms* / complications
  • Appendiceal Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Appendiceal Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Appendicitis / diagnosis
  • Appendicitis / surgery
  • Appendix* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Laparotomy
  • Male
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / diagnosis
  • Urinary Tract Infections* / etiology