Acute appendicitis, light micrograph

Acute appendicitis, light micrograph

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Caption: Acute appendicitis. Light micrograph through a section of an appendix showing acute appendicitis with peritonitis. In appendicitis, the epithelial lining (not clearly seen) of the appendix becomes ulcerated and secretes an inflammatory exudate (thick fluid). As the disease progresses, the inflammation spreads until until the exudate is present on the external surface (peritoneum) of the appendix, as seen here (top, lower right). This condition is now known as peritonitis, the inflammation of the peritoneum, which is serious and often requires emergency surgery.

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