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Cause of appendicitis

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Unknown: Appendicitis can occur from infancy into the very elderly. I am not aware of any causes for appendicitis. One medical site lists the most common age ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Unknown: It is unclear what causes appendicitis, although many cases are associated with obstruction of the appendix, leading to it's rupture.
Dr. Norman Bein
General Surgery 51 years experience
Blockage: Appendicitis is almost always due to blockage of the mouth of the appendix where it empties into the intestine...The back mpressure due to the blockag... Read More
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 39 years experience
Appendicitis ...: comes from obstruction of the lumen of the appendix which causes inflammation to build up. If it is not recognized early on and appropriately treated,... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
The lumen: Or internal opening of the appendix gets obstructed by swelling or blockage with particle of food or stool, causing an infection and thus appendicitis... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
Fecolith: Stool trapped in the appendix does not allow the appendix to drain. Bacteria grow and cause infection.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Unknown: Appendicitis can occur from infancy into the very elderly. I am not aware of any causes for appendicitis. One medical site lists the most common age ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Fecolith: Most appendicitis is caused by a blockage of the lumen of the appendix. Common causes are fecoliths (small pieces of stool, ) enlarged lymph within th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Causes not: Really known. Usually starts with discomfort around the navel that localizes to the right lower quadrant and and becomes more severe.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Many conditions: Mesenteric adenitis, crohn's ileitis, meckel's diverticulitis, ovarian cyst rupture, pelvic infections, cecal diverticulitis, foreign body perforation... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyon Hood
Pediatrics 20 years experience
It's possible: It's possible that IBS could cause pain in the right lower quadrant, but it's typically more generalized pain associated with bloating or cramping.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 19 years experience
The : The appendix is a small pouch that is at the end of your colon, on the right side to be exact. If you touch the lower part of your abdomen on the righ... Read More

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