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Can appendicitis be chronic?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Exceptionally rare.
99.9% of the time, inflammation of the appendix will lead to rupture within 2-4 days if left untreated.
"chronic" appendicitis represents the very rare patient whose appendicitis resolves without treatment, only to recur at a later time. Nevertheless, if i were to evaluate someone with chronic abdominal pain, this would be very low on my "differential diagnosis".

In brief: Exceptionally rare.
99.9% of the time, inflammation of the appendix will lead to rupture within 2-4 days if left untreated.
"chronic" appendicitis represents the very rare patient whose appendicitis resolves without treatment, only to recur at a later time. Nevertheless, if i were to evaluate someone with chronic abdominal pain, this would be very low on my "differential diagnosis".
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
It can especially if you are middle aged or older. What has happened is you have had small repeated infections, and now have a chronic condition.
It isn't the most common presentation, but can happen.

In brief: Yes
It can especially if you are middle aged or older. What has happened is you have had small repeated infections, and now have a chronic condition.
It isn't the most common presentation, but can happen.
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
In brief: No
Appendicitis is not chronic.
It is possible to have chronic irritation to the appendix, but it is not a chronic infection. If infected, the appendix is removed. However, even after an appendectomy, it is possible to get appendicitis again. Usually a little stump of the appendix is left and this can, rarely, get infected again.

In brief: No
Appendicitis is not chronic.
It is possible to have chronic irritation to the appendix, but it is not a chronic infection. If infected, the appendix is removed. However, even after an appendectomy, it is possible to get appendicitis again. Usually a little stump of the appendix is left and this can, rarely, get infected again.
Garrett Caldwell
Garrett Caldwell
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