The aetiology of appendicitis

Br J Hosp Med. 1988 Jun;39(6):540-2.


Although inflammatory disease of the vermiform appendix has been recognized as such for more than 100 years, its aetiology remains a subject of controversy. Since early this century consumption of a low fibre diet has been implicated. More recently this theory has been challenged and the role of infection emphasized.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Appendicitis / etiology*
  • Appendicitis / genetics
  • Appendicitis / microbiology
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Enterovirus B, Human / isolation & purification
  • Humans