History Main / RupturedAppendix

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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' Cooper suffers one of these. It nearly burst because Cooper refused to see a doctor because he doesn't have health insurance, and the $20,000 bill he receives after the surgery nearly sends him into bankruptcy [[spoiler: until he wins a big prize in a fast food joint contest]].
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23rd Jul '17 4:23:50 PM CJO123
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* Music/BuckTick vocalist Atsushi Sakurai developed abdominal peritonitis from a RupturedAppendix while in Nepal, and was diagnosed as potentially terminal. He demanded to be sent home to Japan to die, and somehow, against all odds, recovered once he was back in Japan, becoming one of the very, very few people to survive a ruptured appendix and subsequent peritonitis.

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* Music/BuckTick vocalist Atsushi Sakurai developed abdominal peritonitis from a RupturedAppendix while in Nepal, Nepal in late 1996, and was diagnosed as potentially terminal. He demanded to be sent home to Japan to die, and somehow, against all odds, recovered once he was back in Japan, becoming one of the very, very few people to survive a ruptured appendix and subsequent peritonitis.
27th Jun '17 6:53:17 PM MCanter89
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What makes appendicitis great for writers is that it can affect an otherwise completely healthy character with little or no advance warning, a sort of Sickness Ex Machina if you will, and instantly creates a sense of ticking-time-bomb tension as the character must get the appendix removed before it explodes! The situation also takes delightfully little time to fix: Rush your character through some emergency surgery, spend a few seconds admiring the cool, new scar, and that's it; roll credits.

As a fairly common and thus well known condition, Appendicitis / RupturedAppendix also falls under SmallReferencePools. [[TheTonsillitisEpisode Tonsillitis]], and occasionally Gall Stones, can get similar treatment. Gall stones also add some drama in that they are less dangerous, but have ''extremely'' similar symptoms to the appendicitis, and thus add suspense due to the need to distinguish them.

(If you have severe stomach pain in the lower right side or that started there and spread[[note]]It tends to vary from person to person. Sometimes, it actually starts as a pressing pain on the ''left'' side, while the right is only sensitive under pressure .[[ParanoiaFuel You never know until a specialist checks.]][[/note]], go to an emergency room. DO NOT take an enema or laxative or otherwise try to force a bowel movement - the pressure/stimulation of bowel contractions can cause the appendix to rupture. Also, ''have the surgery,'' because while it may give you a scar [which will be quite small if they use an endoscope] and may result in some occasional bowel issues later in life due to the appendix hosting beneficial bacteria, both of those can be easily dealt with - and the surgery is the only absolute cure that ensures the condition won't worsen and kill you, or return if cured via antibiotics or other nonsurgical treatment)

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What makes appendicitis great for writers is that it can affect an otherwise completely healthy character with little or no advance warning, a sort of Sickness Ex Machina if you will, and instantly creates a sense of ticking-time-bomb tension as the character must get the appendix removed before it explodes! The situation also takes delightfully little time to fix: Rush rush your character through some emergency surgery, spend a few seconds admiring the cool, new scar, and that's it; roll credits.

As a fairly common and thus well known well-known condition, Appendicitis / RupturedAppendix appendicitis/ruptured appendix also falls under SmallReferencePools. [[TheTonsillitisEpisode Tonsillitis]], and occasionally Gall Stones, gall stones, can get similar treatment. Gall stones also add some drama in that they are less dangerous, dangerous but have ''extremely'' similar symptoms to the appendicitis, and thus add adding suspense due to the need to distinguish them.

(If you have severe stomach pain in the lower right side or that started there and spread[[note]]It tends to vary from person to person. Sometimes, Sometimes it actually starts as a pressing pain on the ''left'' side, while the right is only sensitive under pressure .pressure. [[ParanoiaFuel You never know until a specialist checks.]][[/note]], go to an emergency room. DO NOT take an enema or laxative or otherwise try to force a bowel movement - the pressure/stimulation of bowel contractions can cause the appendix to rupture. Also, ''have the surgery,'' surgery'', because while it may give you a scar [which (which will be quite small if they use an endoscope] endoscope) and may result in some occasional bowel issues later in life due to the appendix hosting beneficial bacteria, both of those can be easily dealt with - and the surgery is the only absolute cure that ensures the condition won't worsen and kill you, or return if cured via antibiotics or other nonsurgical treatment)
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No RealLife examples, please, unless they're extremely interesting. [[note]][[ParanoiaFuel Roughly 10% of the human population will develop this for no explained reason.]] [[http://www.naturesplatform.com/health_benefits.html#appendicitis A hypothesis exists that suggests that the western style toliet, where one sits downs to defecate, might be the cause, since the sitting position prevents fecal matter from efficiently leaving the body as well as squatting.]] Advocates point to the lower instances of appendicitis in areas of the world with squat toilets compared to those with sitting toilets. [[/note]]

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No RealLife examples, please, unless they're extremely interesting. [[note]][[ParanoiaFuel Roughly 10% of the human population will develop this for no explained reason.]] [[http://www.naturesplatform.com/health_benefits.html#appendicitis A hypothesis exists that suggests that the western style western-style toliet, where one sits downs to defecate, might be the cause, since the sitting position prevents fecal matter from efficiently leaving the body as well as squatting.]] Advocates point to the lower instances of appendicitis in areas of the world with squat toilets compared to those with sitting toilets. [[/note]]



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* A culprit in an early episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' had a son who died of appendicitis, and tried to kill the surgeon's son as revenge. When this is explained, Mouri immediately asks how it's even possible to die of appendicitis in this day and age, and the [[ShownTheirWork surgeon explained he wasn't able to save the kid because it was too late when the father brought him in.]]

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* A culprit in an early episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' had a son who died of appendicitis, and tried to kill the surgeon's son as revenge. When this is explained, Mouri immediately asks how it's even possible to die of appendicitis in this day and age, and the [[ShownTheirWork surgeon explained he wasn't able to save the kid kid, because it was too late when the father brought him in.]]
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* In Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, we have this with Satsuki in comic 35 and this marks her as an IllGirl, as stress had done a number on her health to that degree. She turns out okay

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* In Fanfic/KillLaKillAU, we have this with Satsuki in comic 35 and this marks her as an IllGirl, as stress had done a number on her health to that degree. She turns out okay
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* {{Literature/Madeline}} had this happen in her first book, and the scene was also included in the movie adaptation, the 50s animated adaptation, and the first animated special. Some of her dolls even include the scar from the surgery.

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* {{Literature/Madeline}} had this happen in her first book, and the scene was also included in the movie adaptation, the 50s '50s animated adaptation, and the first animated special. Some of her dolls even include the scar from the surgery.



* In one of the ''Jonathan Cap'' books by Francois Rivier, the local PluckyGirl Juliette ''nearly'' develops this and she's sent to a luxurious private clinic for treatment. [[spoiler: It almost happens for real when she, Jonathan, Alex and Nico are investigating the clinic at her request; she tries to help out Jonathan when he's forcibly given sleeping drugs, but she near collapses in pain. Thankfully her appendix remains in one piece and she recovers.]]

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* In one of the ''Jonathan Cap'' books by Francois Rivier, the local PluckyGirl Juliette ''nearly'' develops this and she's sent to a luxurious private clinic for treatment. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It almost happens for real when she, Jonathan, Alex and Nico are investigating the clinic at her request; she tries to help out Jonathan when he's forcibly given sleeping drugs, but she near collapses in pain. Thankfully her appendix remains in one piece and she recovers.]]






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** In one episode, Hawkeye drugged a colonel and [[InducedHypochondria made him think he had acute appendicitis]], conducting an unnecessary surgery. [[HeterosexualLifePartners BJ ]] [[WhatTheHellHero refused to go along with it]].

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** In one episode, Hawkeye drugged a colonel and [[InducedHypochondria made him think he had acute appendicitis]], conducting an unnecessary surgery. [[HeterosexualLifePartners BJ ]] BJ]] [[WhatTheHellHero refused to go along with it]].



** Major Houlihan is mentioned in one episode to have chronic appendix flare-ups, and that she'll be fine and doesn't need surgery as long as she takes a brief break from performing surgeries until it calms down. She intends to eventually get it removed in the city, but just in case, she requests that Hawkeye be the one to operate if necessary despite Frank Burns usually being the surgeon to perform minor operations[[note]] As a result of Burns' sexual dry spell following Houlihan breaking up with him, he can't keep examinations professional and repeatedly tries to grope and neck with her when he tries. This in addition to a short but noticeable string of minor operation mistakes[[/note]]. [[ChekhovsGun Of]] [[ConservationOfDetail course]], it becomes necessary to remove the appendix, and [[spoiler: while she can't get to Tokyo or even Seoul, Hawkeye removes the appendix with little problem beyond Burns attempting to horn in on the operation]].

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** Major Houlihan is mentioned in one episode to have chronic appendix flare-ups, and that she'll be fine and doesn't need surgery as long as she takes a brief break from performing surgeries until it calms down. She intends to eventually get it removed in the city, but just in case, she requests that Hawkeye be the one to operate if necessary despite Frank Burns usually being the surgeon to perform minor operations[[note]] As a result of Burns' sexual dry spell following Houlihan breaking up with him, he can't keep examinations professional and repeatedly tries to grope and neck with her when he tries. This in addition to a short but noticeable string of minor operation mistakes[[/note]]. [[ChekhovsGun Of]] [[ConservationOfDetail course]], it becomes necessary to remove the appendix, and [[spoiler: while [[spoiler:while she can't get to Tokyo or even Seoul, Hawkeye removes the appendix with little problem beyond Burns attempting to horn in on the operation]].



* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'': 16-year-old Doogie rushes his appendicitis-stricken girlfriend, Wanda to the ER straight from their DriveInTheater date. He proceeds to diagnose her (via pelvic exam!) and assist in the operation himself. Trouble ensues because [[spoiler: he didn't have time to properly ask for the required authorization from her parents (Wanda is 16 and a minor as well), and they're '''not''' happy. (Wanda herself is mostly embarrassed that [[ArsonmurderAndJaywalking Doogie saw her naked]], and she gets better).]]

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* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'': 16-year-old Doogie rushes his appendicitis-stricken girlfriend, Wanda to the ER straight from their DriveInTheater date. He proceeds to diagnose her (via pelvic exam!) and assist in the operation himself. Trouble ensues because [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he didn't have time to properly ask for the required authorization from her parents (Wanda is 16 and a minor as well), and they're '''not''' happy. (Wanda herself is mostly embarrassed that [[ArsonmurderAndJaywalking Doogie saw her naked]], and she gets better).]]



* In the final season of ''Series/AllInTheFamily,'' 10-year-old Stephanie comes down with appendicitis on her birthday.

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* In the final season of ''Series/AllInTheFamily,'' ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', 10-year-old Stephanie comes down with appendicitis on her birthday.



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had a variation of this, the serial killer Dr.Jekyll, who implanted a guy with a diseased appendix. Naturally, it killed the guy later.

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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had a variation of this, the serial killer Dr. Jekyll, who implanted a guy with a diseased appendix. Naturally, it killed the guy later.



* April quickly develops appendicitis after an embarrassing argument with Luke in ''Series/GilmoreGirls.'' Luke has to call Lorelai, who's recently married Chris, for advice when April is clutching her side. Lorelai comes to the hospital afterward, and it's what makes Luke realize exactly how much he screwed up by driving her away.

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* April quickly develops appendicitis after an embarrassing argument with Luke in ''Series/GilmoreGirls.'' ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. Luke has to call Lorelai, who's recently married Chris, for advice when April is clutching her side. Lorelai comes to the hospital afterward, and it's what makes Luke realize exactly how much he screwed up by driving her away.






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* This trope is TruthInTelevision - and it's actually ''quite'' common that almost everyone has at least ''heard'' of appendicitis or an appendix injury.

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* This trope is TruthInTelevision - and it's actually ''quite'' common that almost everyone has at least ''heard'' of appendicitis or an appendix injury.
19th Jun '17 6:45:45 PM hullflyer
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* Similar to the Rogozov example above, some jobs and/or activities that involve traveling to remote areas where evacuation is difficult or impossible will also require or at least suggest preemptively removing the appendix. Astronauts are the most well-known example, but others, such as hikers planning to solo-hike remote areas, will also sometimes have this done.
11th Jun '17 2:17:59 PM nombretomado
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* James Roday from ''Series/{{Psych}}'', was hospitalized with appendicitis and had to have it removed just prior to his scheduled appearance on WWERaw. He recovered and was even able to make a literal phoned in appearance during the episode, albeit highly medicated and somewhat loopy.

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* James Roday from ''Series/{{Psych}}'', was hospitalized with appendicitis and had to have it removed just prior to his scheduled appearance on WWERaw.Wrestling/WWERaw. He recovered and was even able to make a literal phoned in appearance during the episode, albeit highly medicated and somewhat loopy.
22nd Apr '17 8:39:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Not one but ''two'' different characters (specifically [[spoiler:R.J. Lowe]] and [[spoiler:Helen Wilson]]) have died of appendicitis in version four.

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'': ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Not one but ''two'' different characters (specifically [[spoiler:R.J. Lowe]] and [[spoiler:Helen Wilson]]) have died of appendicitis in version four.
17th Mar '17 8:05:56 AM Sharlee
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* In Creator/RayBradbury's ''The Halloween Tree'', the boys who accompany [[GrimReaper Moundshroud]] on a TimeTravel tour of Halloween's history are offered the chance to [[BalancingDeathsBooks give up a year of their own lives]] to save their friend Pipkin from this trope.
28th Feb '17 7:31:49 PM nombretomado
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* In Chapter 26 of the ''LuckyStar'' fanfic ''Fanfic/LuckyStarAfterStory'', [[IllGirl Yutaka]] ends up developing appendicitis during her and Minami's senior year in college. After her appendix is removed, her overall health ends up improving greatly.

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* In Chapter 26 of the ''LuckyStar'' ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fanfic ''Fanfic/LuckyStarAfterStory'', [[IllGirl Yutaka]] ends up developing appendicitis during her and Minami's senior year in college. After her appendix is removed, her overall health ends up improving greatly.
26th Feb '17 10:51:37 PM gewunomox
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* Creator/RingoStarr, drummer of the Music/TheBeatles, nearly died at age six from peritonitis; he missed a year of school while recovering and remained sickly for most of his childhood as a result. It was his constant illnesses and inability to catch up academically that played a big role in him turning to music.

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* Creator/RingoStarr, Music/RingoStarr, drummer of the Music/TheBeatles, nearly died at age six from peritonitis; he missed a year of school while recovering and remained sickly for most of his childhood as a result. It was his constant illnesses and inability to catch up academically that played a big role in him turning to music.



23rd Dec '16 7:14:21 AM Dvandemon
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* Happens to Hector on one ''WesternAnimation/OzzyAndDrix'' episode.

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* Happens to Hector on one ''WesternAnimation/OzzyAndDrix'' episode.
episode. Here the appendix is depicted as a roadside motel with swelling attributed to an unscrupulous manager trying to get it filled to the brim.
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