Acute appendicitis complicated by necrotizing fasciitis in a teenager

Jeremy D. Kauffman, Megan O'Brien, Christopher W. Snyder, S. Alex Rottgers, Drew A. Rideout, Nicole M. Chandler

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Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare complication of appendicitis in children and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. We present the case of a 16-year-old male who presented with perforated appendicitis and subsequently developed necrotizing fasciitis of the abdominal wall and perineum. His seven-week hospital course was notable for 16 trips to the operating room, which culminated in staged, complex abdominal wall repair. Ultimately he was discharged home in good condition. The case is remarkable for the extent of soft tissue damage and complexity of repair precipitated by an uncommon complication of a common pediatric disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports
StatePublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Appendicitis
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Pediatrics
  • Synthetic marijuana

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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