What happens if appendicitis is not treated?

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  • AJoan Haizlip, MSN, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    If appendicitis is not treated right away,  the appendix can burst (rupture) and cause an infection inside the abdominal cavity.  Appendicitis is a medical emergency and surgery needs to be done right away to prevent complications.
  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    If an inflamed appendix is not removed, there is a high risk of it bursting. That is why it is important to get symptoms of appendicitis checked promptly. Watch Dr. Oz discuss appendicitis.

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