The appendix, which is a sac that is connected to the intestines becomes blocked, it gets inflamed and causes what is known as appendicitis. A perforated appendix happens when the appendix bursts because of a lack of blood supply.
As per the American Academy of Family Physicians, appendicitis is a common problem that affects 7 percent of American population, especially males in the age group of 10 to 30.
Though the exact cause of appendicitis is still a mystery to the medical world, it is believed that when an obstruction happens in the appendix due to the presence of bacteria, it gets inflamed and must be removed. A swollen appendix poses a huge risk to the patient because it may burst, thus causing serious complications and perhaps even death.
However, the rupture usually does not happen within the first 24 hours of abdominal pain, which is the very first sign of appendicitis. Hence, it is important that the patient be brought to the notice of a doctor as soon as he shows the symptoms of appendicitis, like abdominal pain that starts at the belly button and then gradually moves to the lower right side, mild fever, constipation or diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss and fatigue.
The dangers from a ruptured appendix are many. If proper medical attention is not received on time, the ruptured appendix will spill out its infected contents into the abdominal cavity. This can lead to a serious condition called peritonitis, which may even kill the patient.
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