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Definition of Rupture of appendix

Rupture of appendix: A break or tear in the appendix, usually due to appendicitis. Also called perforation of the appendix. Rupture of appendix can lead to a periappendiceal abscess (a collection of infected pus) or diffuse peritonitis (infection of the entire lining of the abdomen and the pelvis). Also called perforation of the appendix.

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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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