Unformatted text preview: reasons:-• The appendix may be inflamed but not showing outward signs • Even if healthy, appendicitis may occur at a later date if not removed • Surgeons may assume the appendix has been removed if a scar is visible Prognosis Appendicitis progresses very quickly. A missed diagnosis can cause the appendix to rupture, allowing the content to spill into the peritoneum and cause peritonitis which is potentially fatal. Occasionally, slower progression allows the nearby Omentum to wall off the perforation and form an abscess. Cases which are diagnosed early and treated have an excellent prognosis. Prevention Appendicitis isn't a condition which can be prevented in the same way as Heart Disease. However since the primary cause in most individuals is faecaliths a diet rich in fibre may help prevent the lumen becoming blocked....
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Appendicitis Treatment, Recovery post procedure, later corrective surgery