Appendicitis

Understand the symptoms of appendicitis and possible complications if you don't see your doctor.

Are there long-term consequences of appendectomy? What is new about appendicitis?

It is not clear if the appendix has an important role in the body in older children and adults. There are no major, long-term health problems resultingfrom removing the appendix although a slight increase in some diseases has been noted, for example, Crohn's disease.

Recently it has been hypothesized that some episodes of appendicitis-like symptoms, especially recurrent symptoms, may be due to an increased sensitivity of the intestine and appendix from a prior episode of inflammation. That is, the recurrent symptoms are not due to recurrent episodes of inflammation. Rather, prior inflammation has made the nerves of the intestines and appendix or the central nervous system that innervate them more sensitive to normal stimuli, that is, with stimuli other than inflammation. This will be a difficult, if not impossible, hypothesis to confirm.

Additional resources from WebMD Boots UK on Appendicitis

Reviewed on 4/30/2014

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