Absence of the appendix discovered during childhood

@inproceedings{Vincent2014AbsenceOT,
  title={Absence of the appendix discovered during childhood},
  author={Michelle V. Vincent and Alex J. Doyle and Sean Bernstein and Selma Jackman},
  booktitle={SpringerPlus},
  year={2014}
}
Absence of the appendix is rare. Isolated cases are usually discovered in adult patients or cadavers. We report the case of a 14 year old boy who was found to have no appendix on laparotomy for assumed acute appendicitis and use this opportunity to highlight the growing surgical uses of this vestigial structure. 
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