Appendiceal Mucocele Treatment
Although the appendix does not have a known modern purpose in the body, it can be the source of many intestinal tract concerns. One of the rare issues that can occur in the appendix is appendiceal mucocele, which may result in sacs of mucous forming in the appendix. If the appendix ruptures, the mucus can be spread throughout the abdomen and may even spread to other areas in the body. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a board certified general surgeon who can perform appendiceal mucocele treatment and surgery through our medical center in Los Angeles.
Causes and Symptoms of Appendiceal Mucocele
Mucoceles are swollen sacs that occur on the appendix wall that usually contain mucous. There are different conditions that can cause appendiceal mucoceles, including mucinous cystadenomas, which are benign and similar to colon polyps. These do not spread and stay contained in the appendix unless it bursts. Another possible cause is mucinous cystadenocarcinomas, which is malignant and can spread. Both can result in mucin in the abdominal cavity that can accumulate and cause symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Bloating in the abdomen
- Bowel blockages
- Pain in the abdomen
Appendiceal mucocele treatment depends on the cause (benign or malignant) and whether the mucin is released into the abdomen. Appendectomy can usually be used to remove the appendix and the enclosed mucoceles if they are benign. However, in malignant cases, further surgery or treatment is needed. A colectomy may be required to remove part of the colon, as well as an appendectomy.
Appendiceal mucocele is a rare condition that usually will require surgical treatment by a surgeon who specializes in GI conditions. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is an experienced GI surgeon that offers appendiceal mucocele treatment and surgery – contact our office in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.