Adenocarcinoma de apêndice: Relato de dois casos e revisão da literatura
Alternative titleAdenocarcinoma of the appendix: Two case reports and literature review
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Background: The adenocarcinoma of the appendix is a rare disease, generally identified as an acute appendicitis in the clinical presentation. Preoperative diagnosis is extremely difficult and uncommon. Objective: To present two cases of adenocarcinoma of the appendix, unique for presenting in early ages, and a complete literature review on this topic. Cases report: First case: a 24-year-old man submitted to appendectomy for acute inflammatory abdomen. Sent to hospital due to a histopathological diagnosis of mucinous adenocarcinoma of the appendix. Right hemicolectomy, epiploectomy, ganglion and partial abdominal wall resection were performed. The patient is now in chemotherapy. Second case: a 32-year-old man presented, during appendectomy, with vegetant lesion on the apex of the appendix. The histopathological study revealed the presence of adenocarcinoma of the appendix. Right hemicolectomy with ganglion resection was performed. The patient does not present signs of recurring disease. Conclusion: The macroscopic and clinical similarity between adenocarcinoma of the appendix and acute appendicitis makes it important to check out histopathological study results. The cases above reinforce this requirement, as the authors have found adenocarcinoma of the appendix in young patients.