What happens if appendicitis is not treated?

Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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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