International Journal of Anatomical Sciences 2012, 3(2): 33-35

Research Paper


Obliteration of the Lumen of the Vermiform Appendix


Swayam Jothi S, Jacintha Antony, Anuradha S, Hemanth Kommuru, Rajaeswara Rao N, Sujatha N.


Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam 603 108, Tamil Nadu, India.


Key words: Appendix. Obliteration of lumen, Lymphoid infiltration


Abstract: – The appendix being the common site for inflammation, an idea came to the mind that if the lumen is obliterated whether we can prevent inflammation. With this idea at the back of the mind a study was made in appendices which showed obliteration of the lumen or a very little lumen. 228 biopsy specimens sent to the pathology department of our college during the past 1 and 1/2 years were used for the study. We observed that 40 specimens showed narrowing of the lumen which was further classified into total obliteration which was observed in 12 specimens, slit like lumen in 21 cases and a very small lumen in 7 cases. The incidence was more in chronic inflammation and in males. The obliteration of the lumen of appendix was more common in the age group ranging from 20- 40 years during which time the lymphoid infiltration is also more due to repeated infections.