Famous Patients, Famous Operations, 2002 - Part 2: The Case of a Royal Pain in the Abdomen

Albert B. Lowenfels, MD


April 22, 2002

When Should a Surgeon Perform "Incidental" Appendectomy?

Based on the frequency of appendicitis, incidental appendectomy is indicated when feasible during performance of abdominal operations in younger patients.

As a follow-up to this case, King Edward lived another 8 years without further attacks of appendicitis before dying of heart disease in 1910. Frederick Treves, the intrepid surgeon, was eventually knighted. Ironically, despite Treves' interest in and knowledge about appendicitis, his daughter died from the disease.


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