Hemiplegia - an unusual complication of appendectomy. A case report
CITATION: McCormick, M.V., Heydenriych, J.J. & Le Roux, J.L. 1987. Hemiplegia - an unusual complication of appendectomy. A case report . S Afr Med J, 71(6):790-791.
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A 12-year-old boy developed complete right hemiplegia and 7th cranial palsy 2 days after laparotomy for a perforated appendix. Full recovery took 2 months. Although it can be accepted that the hemiparesis was not caused by acute appendicitis it is postulated that this unusual association was due either to a septic embolus which lodged in the region of the internal capsule or to a minor cerebrovascular accident.