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Carcinoid tumours of the appendix are uncommon incidentally detected tumours during histopathological
examination following appendicectomy for acute appendicitis. Even though considered rare in children,
they are the most frequently encountered tumours of the gastrointestinal tract. The clinical presentation is
similar to acute appendicitis and the signs and symptoms of carcinoid syndrome have not been reported in
children. The prognosis of carcinoid tumour of appendix is excellent in children as the tumour is generally
small in size and less aggressive with no metastasis. Simple appendicectomy is curative in most of the
patients and long term follow up is debatable. We present here a case of carcinoid tumour of the body of
appendix, which is an uncommon location in a 6-year-old child.
 

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Carcinoid
appendix
child
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