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What happens if an appendicitis is left untreated?

What happens if an appendicitis is left untreated?

Death: It will eventually rupture, spread infection around your belly and cause a systemic infection that can lead to death. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Appendicitis (Definition)

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix which is a finger-shaped pouch that projects off of the colon. It causes right lower quadrant pain that radiates and becomes worse over time. Common symptoms are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant, nausea or vomiting, and loss of appetite. Appendicitis is treated with IV fluids + antibiotics and appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) either as an ...Read more


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Could you tell me what happens if appendicitis is left uncured?

Could you tell me what happens if appendicitis is left uncured?

It can progress to: Abscess, generalized peritonitis, septicemia, and death. Historically, before appendectomies could be safely done, it was a major cause of death in otherwise healthy adults. ...Read more

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Might i possibly have gotten appendicitis on the left side?

Might i possibly have gotten appendicitis on the left side?

Your: Appendix is on the right although a very long appendix can stretch to the left side. Interestingly diverticulitis occurs on the left side and was known as left sided appendicitis as the symptoms were the same as appendicitis but on the left side. If you are symptomatic, see your doctor or go to the er. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if the opposite of the appendix or on the left side hurts is it a sign of appendicitis?

Could you tell me if the opposite of the appendix or on the left side hurts is it a sign of appendicitis?

Probably not: The appendix is normally located in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, so that is where the pain & tenderness localize in appendicitis. Only very rarely is the appendix located on the left side, such as in situs inversus or intestinal malrotation; appendicitis is such a case would cause left-sided pain/tenderness. Colon or left tubo-ovarian problems might be considered with left-sided pain. ...Read more

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I have the same symptoms as appendicitis. But the severe pain is on my left side. Does this mean I have appendicitis?

Get medical Ckup: Any abdominal pain if it persists beyond a few hours is of serious concern especially if it is associated with nausea/vomiting or fever. If the pain is persistent and severe, you should head to the ER to find out the cause. Appendicitis is still a possibility despite the location of the pain but the pain has to be pretty severe to consider this as a likely diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can appendicitis form if the ascending colon is on the left side?

Can appendicitis form if the ascending colon is on the left side?

Yes: If one has an appendix, it can always be subject to inflammation from an infection, obstruction, etc. Therefore, it's possible to still have appendicitis regardless of its location (ascending colon on the left side could be due to conditions like situs inversus, for example). ...Read more

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What is the reason behind Left lower quadrant pain in appendicitis?

What is the reason behind Left lower quadrant pain in appendicitis?

Appendicitis: Although i searched for pain on the left side, I could not find a reason. As you know the pain may start in the middle of the abdomen and then migrate to the lower right. Appetite goes away. With time the pain becomes worse and treatment (surgical) is needed before it bursts ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of left lower quadrant pain presenting in appendicitis?

Radiating pain: the nerves of the appendix also innervates the entire colon. When you push on the left side you and then release the nerves are stimulated. Since the appendix is inflamed the distention of the left transmits to the right and you sense the pain. The visceral peritoneum is directly attached. If the appendix is ruptured then the parietal peritoneum is inflamed and the test no longer holds. ...Read more

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For weeks it felt like there was a bubble in my left abdomen, then one night I was certain I had appendicitis. Now I feel nauseous on a daily basis...

For weeks it felt like there was a bubble in my left abdomen, then one night I was certain I had appendicitis. Now I feel nauseous on a daily basis...

Not an emergency: Although what you describe does not sound like an emergency that needs ED visit it would be a good idea to go to see your regular doctor soon to figure out why you are nauseous every day. ...Read more