How long does it take for an appendix to burst?

Most people who have a burst appendix have been having symptoms for more than two days. Medical studies have shown that by the third day there is a very high risk of rupture of the appendix.

It typically takes about 72 hours from the time the blockage forms to when the appendix perforates.

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