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Causes of Ruptured Appendix
- The way the appendix is situated off the large intestine makes it prone to getting blocked by fecal waste. Blockage can occur from cancerous growths too.
- This build up of waste or tumors causes this little 3 1/2 inch protrusion to become increasingly irritated and swollen until it breaks open. Once it bursts, poisons are let loose into the belly.
- If an abscess has formed on the appendix and filled with pus, scar tissue may shield the poison going into the stomach. This, of course is less severe, but still requires surgery for removal.
- All confirmed diagnoses of appendicitis require the appendix to be removed by surgery.
- There is no known function of this appendage anyway. The body can function without it any way, without any consequences or compromise to life.
Symptoms of Ruptured Appendix
- Symptoms of burst appendix can start off very mild with twinges of discomfort in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. At this stage the appendix is swollen and inflamed.
- If a dull pain that started at the belly button and extended from the right upper belly to the right lower abdomen escalates into pain in the groin, think of appendicitis.
- If fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea are also present, it is possible that these are the symptoms of ruptured appendix.
- Fevers can be anywhere from low grade at 99 to over 102 degrees.
- Within 1 day of the start of mild symptoms, symptoms can exacerbate. Pain can be excruciating.
- The appendix could burst and cause severe pain and GI discomfort.
Complications of Ruptured Appendix
- Peritonitis or infection in the lining of the stomach can be life threatening. Prompt medical intervention is a necessity to prevent a fatal outcome.
- Anti-infective medicines must be administered intravenously for quick attack of the bacteria that is circulating throughout the stomach.
- Without proper medical help, it can become serious and life threatening.