What is the connection between constipation and appendicitis?
Appendicitis is the sudden swelling and inflammation of the appendix. It generally follows the obstruction of the appendix by undigested food or a large accumulation of hardened stools (fecal impaction). (Fiber Menace, page 32). The accumulation of hardened stools in the cecum (blind gut, the location of the appendix) is one of the outcomes of latent constipation. In healthy adults the contents of the cecum are liquid or semi-liquid, but never solidified.