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Is Appendicitis Genetic?

Don't worry if your mother had appendicitis years ago and had to have her appendix removed. Appendicitis, the condition where your appendix (that small, finger-shaped pouch that has no known purpose) gets inflamed and filled with pus, is not genetic. . It can be caused by food or stool getting trapped in the cavity the runs the length of your appendix or if you've had a gastrointestinal viral infection. What happens in either case is that bacteria gets into your appendix, invades it, and causes it to swell.

Appendicitis causes pain around your belly button, that moves to your lower right side above your pelvic bone. It often hurts more if you cough, make sudden movements, or if the area is pressed. The pain usually gets gradually worse over a period of six to 12 hours, and it's possible that your appendix can rupture. This usually happens if a person waits too long, thinking their "tummy ache" will go away. So if you're having a weird ache in your belly, it's best to call your doctor just to be sure.

Do you still have your appendix? Tell me in the comments section below.


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bobs bobs 8 years
I had my appendix removed when i was about 10 years old. The doctors said it was stool build up, but nope! Definitely wasn't that. So if you ever end up having appendicitis, trust me, you will know. It's not easily mistaken as a stomach ache, especially when your entire abdomen starts to cramp up.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I still have mine, as do all the members of my family. I thought I had appendicitis once when I was in college, but it turned out that it was just really bad food poisoning.
michelleannette michelleannette 9 years
i still have mine at 25.
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
I had appendicitis right around my fifth birthday. It ruptured and I was in the hospital for almost 2 weeks. I remember afterwards being so hungry but the doctors had to wait for my stomach to "wake up" before I could eat solids. They brought me jello at one point and my Mom said I started crying because I wanted a hamburger :)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
That model is too pretty to look so constipated lol.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
incorrect, sorry.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
again, you're uncorrect, apendix has a known purpose! but we don't need it anymore because of evolution.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I still have my appendix. And my wisdom teeth. And my tonsils. I've never had any type of "removable parts" removed :)
emalove emalove 9 years
I never thought it was genetic, but good to know for sure.
aeryn aeryn 9 years
It may not be technically genetic, however, I have a feeling that people who have similar digestive tracts will inherit this problem from their parents. My grandmother had appendicitis, and my mother, and I had it as well. I think we were each around the same age of 12-13. I nearly died and spent an entire week in the hospital recovering. When my mom took me to the hospital after I complained of the aches initially, the doctors did not want to operate. They told her that it was probably "woman problems". They were wrong. My mom had to be my advocate in the hospital and demanded that they operate. My appendix had been enlarged to seven times its normal size and it had actually burst, so it was a very close call.
lolababy575 lolababy575 9 years
I actually had mine out in first grade. I had been sick and in a lot of pain, but it then quickly escalated and my mother finally took me to the hospital - and good thing she finally did because if she had waited even hours longer I might have died according to the doctors. My appendix had burst! I don't miss it and my scare is so minute and well stitched that no one sees it, even when I'm in my bathing suit and it's right there! I'm glad I had it removed when I was younger so I don't have to remember too much of the experience!
cotedazur cotedazur 9 years
I had mine out in 2006... don't worry, you will DEFINITELY know if you have appendicitis! For me, the pain was so bad that I literally couldn't stop grimacing.
ms660bk ms660bk 9 years
mine's gone. it was my 26th birthday "gift."
komler komler 9 years
I used to be terrified as a kid/teen that I would get appendicitis, and not know I had it. Better about it now, but still cautious. My parents both had theirs removed - my dad from actual appendictis when he was five, and my mother as an adult when they thought it was appendictis. It wasn't but they removed it anyway as long as they were in there...
Bisque Bisque 9 years
Nope, had it gone since I was 14. First thought the stomach pains were stress induced (school :P) then they found that it was "about to burst" when they did the check up of putting the knee to the chest (ow!), had to get rushed to the hospital for an appendectomy. Now I have a nice small scar on my tummy that I can show off (although I don't plan to).
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