Who is at risk for appendicitis?

Appendicitis is the most common reason for abdominal surgery in children. About 4 of every 1,000 children under the age of 14 will undergo surgery called an appendectomy to remove their appendix. Appendicitis rarely occurs in children under the age of 2, and mostly occurs in people between the ages of 15 and 30. Appendicitis is more common in males than females.

How can I prevent appendicitis?

There is no way to prevent appendicitis. However, appendicitis is less common in people who eat foods high in fiber, such as fresh vegetables and fruits. If you think that you might have appendicitis, call your doctor immediately so that he or she can check your condition and prescribe the proper treatment.

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