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Appendicitis is one of the causes of serious belly pain. It happens
when the appendix, a part of the large intestine, becomes infected and
Appendicitis is most common in people between the ages of 10 and
30, although it can occur at any age. Common symptoms of appendicitis
If the inflamed appendix is not surgically removed and the
infection gets worse, the wall of the appendix can break open (rupture). This
spreads infection into the belly area, causing peritonitis. Peritonitis is a
serious condition that, in rare cases, can lead to death.
Current as of:
April 1, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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