Single-Incision Multi-Port Appendectomy for a Patient with Situs Inversus Totalis : First case report

Rajkumar J. S, Akbar Syed, Anirudh J. R., Kishor C. M., Deepa Ganesh


Situs inversus totalis (SIT) is a rare autosomal recessive condition involving the complete lateral transposition of the organs. When individuals with this condition suffer from appendicitis, associated pain and symptoms are usually present on the left side, resulting in diagnostic difficulties. Moreover, the laparoscopic removal of the left-sided appendix may pose practical problems during surgery. Removal of an inflamed appendix is generally performed using a multiple-port laparoscopy. We report a 22-year-old male who presented to the Lifeline Institute of Minimal Access Surgery in Chennai, India, in April 2015 with pain in the left iliac fossa. Chest X-rays and ultrasonography confirmed SIT with an acutely inflamed appendix on the left side. The patient underwent a single-incision multi-port laparoscopic appendectomy with a successful outcome. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report in the literature of a single-incision multi-port appendectomy in a patient with SIT.


Laparoscopy; Appendectomy; Situs Inversus; Case Report; India.

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