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  1. #1 apendacitis 
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    ok, well 3 days ago, a close friend went to hospital after stomach pains and was diagnosed as having apendacitis.
    last night, about 2 hours before his surgery was scheduled, his appendix burst.
    i have been told that this can have serious effects, but that is the extent of it, anyone know what these "serious effects" are?

    thanks


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    I found this website that might explain a a bit:

    http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/b...endicitis?open

    As far as I understand it, when it bursts it releases pus into the abdominal cavity and can infect you. I hiked down the Appalachian Trail for a couple weeks and I was with a guy who developed appendicitis during the hike and had to be airlifted to a hospital.


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    Peritonitis. Bacterial infection of the peritoneum. The membrane that lines the organs of the abdomenal cavity.

    It's not 'pus' that is the problem. But bacteria in the digestive tract. (Pus, as you might or might not know) is just dead macrophages. (A type of white blood cell) and is a sign of bacterial infection.)

    I'm not entirely sure exactly what causes appendicitis to begin with. It ends with itis which siginifies bacterial infection of some sort... but the digestive tract is filled with bacteria even in the best of health. Any perforation of the digestive tract can cause peritonitis and can be deadly.

    Ever hear the old saying about gut wounds? In the old days they were almost always fatal. Fatal and lingering. You puncture a mans chest cavity or skull and they die fast. Puncture the abdomenal cavity and they die slow. Over a period of days while the infection eats them alive.

    Did you know that when you die that the prime decomposer of the body is not external? It's the bacteria that you have harnessed in your digestive tract that work in a healthy body to help you digest your food. When you die, the checks and balances that keep them under control are lost and they literally eat you from the inside out.

    Ever hear stories of people dying in their bed and not found found for days afterwards? The body practically liquifies. Many of these people are actually discovered when they soak through their mattress, the floor, and start dripping down into the downstairs neighbors apartment... Nice.

    Bacteria are such sweet little things, aren't they?


    Anyway. Your buddy will most likely be ok. But it is a roll of the dice.
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    That's scary, I want my appendix taken out right now, does anyone know a website that offers do-it-yourself instructions?
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    Having an attack of appendicitis is very painful. If left unattended it can have serious complications as was mentioned by invert_nexus. This is not something to treat lightly, certainly if it appendix has ruptured.

    I had a co-worker suffer from this during the night and had to prep him for air evac. Happily things turned out for the best and the following morning his appendix was removed without complications.
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    scary. my dad had it .. but i wasn't born at the time..

    but it is painful... so i hear.. and when it burt's your in for some pain...

    a girl here is ireland got her's out. but something was left in...
    she went back to hospital few days later. they sent her home.. knowin she had it removed. told the parents .. "stomach bug"

    she died. she was 9 or 10. :x the health service is aveage... but when that happens . i feel sick. and disgusted!
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    well he seems to be recovering well, so i guess i can stop worrying now. thanks anyway
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    good to hear it
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    sorry to hear about your friend.
    the following information might help you
    The appendix is a narrow tubular pouch that is attached to the intestines. When the appendix is blocked, it becomes inflamed and results in the condition known as appendicitis. If the blockage continues, the inflamed tissue becomes infected with bacteria and begins to die from a lack of blood supply, which finally results in the appendix bursting.

    The most serious complication of appendicitis is rupture. The appendix bursts or tears if appendicitis is not diagnosed quickly and goes untreated. Infants, young children, and older adults are at highest risk. A ruptured appendix can lead to peritonitis and abscess. Peritonitis is a dangerous infection that happens when bacteria and other contents of the torn appendix leak into the abdomen. In people with appendicitis, an abscess usually takes the form of a swollen mass filled with fluid and bacteria. In a few patients, complications of appendicitis can lead to organ failure and death.
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    well
    dont know much about the effects but i pray for your friend
    do take proper care of him and give him the best treatment
    thanks
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