Acute appendicitis during the clinical course of COVID-19 in a 13-year-old boy: Complication or coincidental?

Surg Pract. 2021 Nov;25(4):232-234. doi: 10.1111/1744-1633.12526. Epub 2021 Sep 30.


Gastrointestinal symptoms appear to be one of the most common presentations of SARS-CoV-2 infection, later named COVID-19. The symptoms such as nausea, emesis, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea may be recognised as either a finding of COVID-19 or prominent presentation of multi-inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). COVID-19 may present with acute appendicitis and/or may mimic its clinical findings. Although, coexistence of acute appendicitis and COVID-19 has been well documented, it is not clear whether appendicitis is a complication of COVID-19 or coincidence in children. A 13-year-old boy who developed acute appendicitis during the clinical course of COVID-19 is presented to discuss the possibility of causal relationship between appendicitis and COVID-19 in children.

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