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A 109-year-old woman in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, has undergone a successful appendectomy, likely becoming the oldest patient to have such surgery in Japan, the attending physician said Tuesday.

Ai Onishi was diagnosed with acute appendicitis Feb. 22 at the No. 1 Towakai Hospital in Takatsuki, according to surgeon Atsushi Okita. Because noninvasive therapy would not have been sufficient, he decided to remove her appendix during emergency surgery.

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