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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.

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My sister had appendix, the doctors operate her and discharged her after a week she found that she do have pains and have to go to hospital, the doctors find that she do have infection now its been a month and the doctors decide to discharge her again, they said they will give her instructions on how to clean the infection, the operation is not closed they said she can stay 3 to 4 months with this kind of situation, we are not sure what to do, whether we must hire a special doctor or what, please help
Nontombi Monday, February 23, 2015
Its been a week since my dads removal of his appendix and today he said he drank water and it was leaking out of his incision. What does that indicate ?
kenzielayne Saturday, October 12, 2013
This can indicate a number of things. Most likely he just has fluid in his peritoneum [abdominal cavity] that is forced out of the incision when the stomach expands. It could also be that the appendix was not ditched up properly but that is unlikely and would be accompanied with pain. I suggest you see your doctor/surgeon as soon as possible.
Gokanye Friday, November 08, 2013
My daughter had appendectomy 3 days ago and is doing pretty well. It was laproscopic and has 3 tiny incisions, one on her belly button and two more about 2 inches under. It was an emergency surgery and was sent home without follow up instructions, she has appointment to see the doctor in 3 weeks. They left small pieces of tape covering her wounds. And she now wants me to remove the tape and clean the wounds. What do ya think?
sandyc706 Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Hi, I had my appendix out 1 month ago, I am still getting a persisting pain, been back to the doctor's and they said I need another two weeks off work, he felt my stomach where the pain was and I almost cried with pain, he said he was puzzled with why I was still feeling pain and said if the pain hurts when doing something 'don't do it', now does anyone know when I will feel better? Iam getting bored of not being able to do anything, I want to get back to work and back to competing horses. Any ideas anyone?
lanashaps Friday, July 26, 2013
Hope it wasn't done in Florida. Hate to say it, but it doesn't seem any doctor/surgeon knows what they are doing. After an appendix ruptures, nothing for 24 hrs. - then small water, clear liquids, and light solid foods. Activates after a wk., should be light walks and lifting, driving, showers,etc. But sorry to say, medical staff in Florida do NOT seem competent!
xena1953 Monday, August 05, 2013
please my sister is still having pains after the appendix operation she is feeling cold and she is very weak
expensive Wednesday, February 06, 2013
A friend 18 yrs old went in saturday for removeal. Appendix erupted with no toxins releasing but the surgeon cut thru a blood vessel. This youn lady is still in Joplin hospital, cut from top to bottom of belly,still in pain,running a fever of 103.1, hasnt eaten in days and the family hasnt been told any information about her condition. Does anybody have any suggestions ? Myself I wouldhv already moved her to the other hoapital .
Lisa66 Thursday, October 25, 2012
if i wanna have baby after operation how much time should i wait for pegnancy
pammi Thursday, September 06, 2012
How soon can I fly after having an appendix removed
Maurjay Monday, September 03, 2012
My cousin [17 years old] felt the pain of appendicitis and he was taken to the hospital although the pain was not that severe. Doctor diagnosed appendicitis and preferred an operation after 6 weeks. He was brought back home. Another doctor said that the inflammation is at initial stage and could be treated with medicines. My cousins's grandmother also got appendicitis and had more severe pain but the same doctor treated her with medicines and up till now, its been 12-13 years, she does not feel any kind of pain or complications. Same is the case with our another relative of the same family. CAN MEDICINES REALLY CURE IT IF IT IS IN STARTING STAGE??? PLEASE REPLY ME SOON. THANKYOU :) WAITING....
beyondyourthinking11 Wednesday, June 06, 2012
I had the same experience, when my appendix has just started swollen, My doctor's advice is for me to undergo surgery, for it's not curable by medicine, so I agreed, i undergo operation just last week 08/22/2012 .. better have it removed that feel sorry in the future.
Chelle_Santiago24 Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Surgery is most preferred way by most doctors, because appendicitis can cause complications and they can become life threatening.
thedoc Tuesday, September 18, 2012
yes i would also recommend a surgery since the risks of retaining an inflamed appendix are too great. Also you would like to consider that the appendix in humans has no significant function and the operation has a very low risk of complications
trm24 Thursday, February 28, 2013
I had my appendix taken out last Friday [5/25]. It's 5 days later and I still can't keep even a sip of water down. I am vomiting non-stop and have diarrhea. Actually that has pretty much stopped seeing that because I don't have food in my system I don't have anything to crap out of me. I just can't stop the vomiting / dry heaving. I had the worse Dr. on the planet. Seriously, these people shoved a breathing tube down my throat, jammed my upper lip all up on my face to where now I have complete numbness in my upper lip, it's swollen, and when I brush my teeth my entire mouth fills with blood because the inside of my mouth like my gums are raw. Anyway, should I wait it out another night or go into the E.R.? I feel like I am going to die. I hate this!!!! I just want to feel better!!!!!
deanne007 Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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