Three cases of argentaffin cell tumors of the appendix in children are presented. The condition is rare in childhood.
The correct preoperative diagnosis of these tumors when located in the appendix has not been made. They appear to cause an obstructive appendicitis early in their course. This results in appendectomy and may account for lack of metastases in the reported cases.
The treatment of the appendiceal carcinoids consists of simple appendectomy and the prognosis is the same as for acute appendicitis.