A 19-year-old female asked:
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i love eating popcorn kernels, but my doc said it can block the appendix and cause appendicitis. is this true?

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Dr. Charles Rocamboli
18 years experience Family Medicine
Rarely : I have never seen it, but it can theoretically happen.
Answered on Jul 29, 2016
Dr. David Hardin
36 years experience Wound care
Rarely: This is occasionally the cause of appendicitis but rare. As a child i recall people being told swallowing bubble gum would cause appendicitis....
Answered on Nov 27, 2020
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen commented
23 years experience Family Medicine
There is no good study correlating diet consumption affecting the rate of appendicitis.
Mar 31, 2013

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Old wives tales: There are no scientific studies to affirm either of your allegations. As a child I was told that swallowing gum would cause a bowel obstruction
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