- What happens in Appendicitis?
- Risk Factors of Appendicitis
- Symptoms of Appendicitis
- Diagnosis of Appendicitis
- Investigations of Appendicitis
- Treatment for Appendicitis
- Open Surgery for Appendicitis
- Laparoscopic Surgery for Appendicitis
- Appendicitis Aftercare
- Complications of Appendicitis
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Latest Publication and Research
Risk Factors of Appendicitis
Appendicitis is the most common cause for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.
A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of getting a disease such as Appendicitis.
Risk factors for Acute Appendicitis are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Acute Appendicitis makes the chances of getting the condition higher but does not always lead to Acute Appendicitis.
Age: Appendicitis can occur in all age groups but it is more common between the ages of 11 and 20.
Gender: A male preponderance exists, with a male to female ratio (1.4: 1) and the overall lifetime risk is 8.6% for males and 6.7% for females. A male child suffering from cystic fibrosis is at a higher risk for developing appendicitis.
Diet: People whose diet is low in fiber and rich in refined carbohydrates have an increased risk of getting appendicitis.
Hereditary: A particular position of the appendix, which predisposes it to infection, runs in certain families. Having a family history of appendicitis may increase a child's risk for the illness.
Seasonal variation: Most cases of appendicitis occur in the winter months - between the months of October and May.
Infections: Gastrointestinal infections such as Amebiasis, Bacterial Gastroenteritis, Mumps, Coxsackievirus B and Adenovirus can predispose an individual to Appendicitis.