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How long is it supposed to it take for an appendix to rupture?

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Dr. Janet Meller
Surgery - Pediatric
5 doctors agree

In brief: Around 72 hours

Appendicitis can progress to rupture after 48- 72 hours, however, every case is unique.

In brief: Around 72 hours

Appendicitis can progress to rupture after 48- 72 hours, however, every case is unique.
Dr. Janet Meller
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 2-3 days

Once appendicitis begins, the appendix will typically rupture within 2-3 days, if left untreated.

In brief: 2-3 days

Once appendicitis begins, the appendix will typically rupture within 2-3 days, if left untreated.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
if the cause of appendicitis is obstruction due to a fecalith time fromonset of symptoms to rupture can go quickly inless than 24 hours.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Hard to say

Since the onset of symptoms is often difficult to pinpoint, actual timing is always speculative.
Sadly, in spite of new diagnostic aids like ultrasound or ct scan, the percentage of leaking/ruptured appendices has not declined as rapidly as we would like.

In brief: Hard to say

Since the onset of symptoms is often difficult to pinpoint, actual timing is always speculative.
Sadly, in spite of new diagnostic aids like ultrasound or ct scan, the percentage of leaking/ruptured appendices has not declined as rapidly as we would like.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Depends

In the very young the appendix can rupture in less than 24 hours of symptoms.
If the cause of the appendicitis is a fecalith(a hard nugget of stool which obstructs appendix) the progression of disease is faster.

In brief: Depends

In the very young the appendix can rupture in less than 24 hours of symptoms.
If the cause of the appendicitis is a fecalith(a hard nugget of stool which obstructs appendix) the progression of disease is faster.
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