Published online Nov 21, 2005. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v11.i43.6891
Revised: April 23, 2005
Accepted: April 26, 2005
Published online: November 21, 2005
The clinical diagnosis of classic Crohn’s disease (CD) of the small bowel is based on a typical history, tender right lower quadrant fullness or mass, and characteristic radiographic findings of the terminal ileum. Appendicitis may as well present with chronic or recurrent symptoms and this presentation may be confused with CD. We herein describe the case of a young teenage girl with a presumptive diagnosis of CD, who was ultimately diagnosed as having chronic nongranulomatous appendicitis. The literature on the subject is reviewed.