Case Report: Appendiceal mucoceles, an uncommon answer to common symptoms.

  • Andrew Devlin Wilson University of British Columbia Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Thomas L Perry Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Medicine University of British Columbia
  • Ormond N Panton Clinical Professor, Head Division of General Surgery University of British Columbia


A 49 year old man presented with abdominal pain, fatigue, tachycardia, and anemia three weeks after sphenopalatine artery ligation for massive epistaxis. A misleading constellation of symptoms delayed the diagnosis and treatment of a large appendiceal mucocele. Although this may have been an incidental finding, all symptoms have resolved since surgery. This case illustrates the importance of timely diagnosis in patients with vague yet persistent symptoms. An uncommon condition can have potentially serious consequences if missed.