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Joan Haizlip, MSN, Cardiology, answeredIf the appendix bursts, pus pours into the abdominal cavity. This causes an infection of the abdominal cavity (peritonitis). That is why surgery needs to be done right away to prevent the appendix from bursting.
Discovery Health answered
Clearly, it is much better to get the appendix out before it has a chance to burst, if possible. When the appendix ruptures, it spills bacteria and inflammatory fluids into the abdominal cavity. A patient with a ruptured appendix before surgery has a 10-fold risk of developing complications.