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What triggers acute appendicitis when someone already has chronic appendicitis?

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Dr. Nicole Basa
Surgery
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In brief: Obstruction

If you have the diagnosis of chronic appendicitis you should have an appendectomy.
The appendix has no function and can only lead to an acute issue. Acute appendicitis is caused by an obstruction usually secondary to a fecalith or an inflamed lymph node. Occasionally it can be infected secondary to a tumor.

In brief: Obstruction

If you have the diagnosis of chronic appendicitis you should have an appendectomy.
The appendix has no function and can only lead to an acute issue. Acute appendicitis is caused by an obstruction usually secondary to a fecalith or an inflamed lymph node. Occasionally it can be infected secondary to a tumor.
Dr. Nicole Basa
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Dr. John Rimmer
Surgery
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In brief: Not known

It is thought that inflammation in the wall of the appendix at its base near the cecum can cause obstruction to the appendix and overgrowth of bacteria and inflammation.

In brief: Not known

It is thought that inflammation in the wall of the appendix at its base near the cecum can cause obstruction to the appendix and overgrowth of bacteria and inflammation.
Dr. John Rimmer
Dr. John Rimmer
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
if you truly have chronic appendicitis, the inflammation may never reach the tipping point to where it causes obstruction... until it does. And then you have Acute appendicitis. THEN YOU NEED IT OUT BEFORE IT RUPTURES
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