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What if appendicitis isn't treated?

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An inflamed appendix may eventually burst, or perforate, spilling infection into the abdominal cavity. This can lead to peritonitis, a serious infection of the abdominal cavity's lining that can be fatal unless it is treated quickly with strong antibiotics and surgery to remove the pus.

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American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Mayo Clinic. 

American College of Surgeons.

National Institutes of Health. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 20, 2019

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American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Mayo Clinic. 

American College of Surgeons.

National Institutes of Health. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 20, 2019

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