Digestive System Channel
Topics
Medications
Quicklinks
Related Channels

Complications of Appendicitis

Serious appendicitis complications may include:
 
  • Abscess
  • Rupture of the appendix
  • Organ failure
  • Peritonitis
  • Death.
     
Rupture
A rupture is when the appendix bursts or tears. Infants, young children, and older adults are at highest risk of a rupture. If appendicitis is not diagnosed quickly and goes untreated, this particular complication will most likely occur.
 
Peritonitis or Abscess
Peritonitis is a dangerous infection. This complication can occur when bacteria and other contents of the torn appendix leak into the abdomen (stomach). A ruptured appendix can lead to peritonitis and abscess. An abscess usually takes the form of a swollen mass filled with fluid and bacteria.
 

Appendicitis Attack

Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.