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Am J Surg. 1985 Nov;150(5):554-7.

A cluster of true appendicitis cases.


A cluster of cases of appendicitis occurred primarily in school-age boys in a small Texas town. The expected rate of appendicitis is 1.5 cases per 1,000 persons, or about 1 case per month in that town. However, in the spring of 1984, 13 cases, 10 in school-age boys, occurred. In eight of these patients, the initial onset of abdominal pain occurred over a 15 day period. A case controlled study of school-age patients indicated that sweets in the diet and consumption of local farm eggs may have been associated with the appendicitis. We hypothesize that a group of young male patients who were susceptible to appendicitis because of the high sugar content of their diets were exposed to a bacterium or virus that precipitated this outbreak of appendicitis.

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