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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Unknown: It is unclear what causes appendicitis, although many cases are associated with obstruction of the appendix, leading to it's rupture.
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joey Bluhm
16 years experience General Surgery
Fecolith: Stool trapped in the appendix does not allow the appendix to drain. Bacteria grow and cause infection.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
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
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A 26-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.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Many conditions: Mesenteric adenitis, crohn's ileitis, meckel's diverticulitis, ovarian cyst rupture, pelvic infections, cecal diverticulitis, foreign body perforation ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kyon Hood
Dr. Kyon Hood answered
19 years experience Pediatrics
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.
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