A 48-year-old member asked:
how dangerous is a leaking appendix?
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Dr. Mary Maluccio answered
26 years experience Surgical Oncology
Depends: A ruptured appendix is often a surgical problem. When a patient presents and the appendix has already ruptured and formed an abscess, we will drain the abscess and remove the appendix at a later date once the acute inflammation has died down. A persistent leak from the appendix can cause a fistula and several factors impact the ability of this to close without surgery.
Answered on Jun 28, 2018
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