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Can Celiac Be Linked To Appendicitis ?

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My cousin has just had an emergency appendix operation. The appendix was twisted around the bowel. He has been 10 days recovering in hospital on a drip. Starting to eat now. But I have been wondering if Celiac could be linked to this? He has had IBS all his life - unable to eat, cramps etc. I asked them if he had Celiac and they just said he had the tests and was OK - but we know that tests can be wrong.


Diagnosed May 2006 - Hashimotos Thyroid after being diagnosed in 1977 and told it didn't matter.

Diagnosed June 2006 with adrenal insufficiency.

Diagnosed June 2006 as Gluten Intolerant after I failed the Challenge Diet. Negative blood test.No biopsy.

Diagnosed June 2006 as B12 low. Needed weekly injections for a year.Still have them every 2 weeks.

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Appendicitis is common... I am not celiac and had mine out at age 6, my brother in law - not celiac has his out at age 30, another brother in law had his out at age 28..my daughter who is celiac had hers out last June. Surgeon and GI doc said the incidence of appendicitis is not related to celiac or diabetes or hypothyroidism.

It happens commonly.

sandy


Sandy

Type 1 diabetes - 1986

hypothyroid -1993

pernicious anemia

premature atrial beats

neuropathy

retinopathy

daughter is: age 15

central hypotonia and developmental delay

balance issues (rides an adult 3 wheel bike)

hypothyroid 1996

dermatographia - a form of angioedema 2002

celiac 2004 - by endoscopy

diagnosed Aspergers at age 7 - responded very well (HUGE difference) to gluten-free diet

recovered from Kawasaki (2003)

lactose intolerant - figured out in Oct/06

Gilberts syndrome (April/07)

allergy to stinging insects

scoliosis Jan 2008

nightshade intolerance - figured out April 2008

allergy to Sulfa antibiotics

son is 13

type 1 diabetic - 2003 diagnosed on his 9th birthday

celiac - 2004 by endoscopy

lactose intolerant - figured out Nov/06

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Yes but is it normal to have it twisted around the bowel, the bowel to stop working and to be on a drip for 10 days ? I was thinking of Audrey Hepburn I guess - were her bowel cancer was inoperable cos of adhesions in her bowel. My cousin has had 20 years of bowel pain, IBS, inability to eat etc. Drs were always puzzled until this emergency.


Diagnosed May 2006 - Hashimotos Thyroid after being diagnosed in 1977 and told it didn't matter.

Diagnosed June 2006 with adrenal insufficiency.

Diagnosed June 2006 as Gluten Intolerant after I failed the Challenge Diet. Negative blood test.No biopsy.

Diagnosed June 2006 as B12 low. Needed weekly injections for a year.Still have them every 2 weeks.

Trialled Dairy Free Diet and reacted positively to that challenge in January 07.

News Flash! Coeliac Genetic Testing done April 08 . DQ2 Positive !

Diagnosed July 2010 FODMAP. Limits on Fructose, lactose, polyols, fructans. NO ONION! But I can have hard cheese, butter and cream again!!!

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It is a less common presentation...my own appendix was flipped up and sitting under a lobe of the liver and ruptured - my brother in-law's was gangrenous and twisted in a loop of bowel.

Once it becomes inflammed and causes pain which also affects bowel function and this can cause the bowel to contract irregulary and pull the appendix into a loop of bowel. The intestines are all coiled in and around inside our abdomen.

I have seen it in animals - they dont get appendicitis - but when they have a raging diarrhea, the intestine can get going so fast it telescopes inside itself - called intussiception. It can happen with many bowel conditions.

When bowel has been compromised as in your cousins case and has stopped working because it was obstructed (once bowel is caught ina twist as you describe)...the standard care is to have no oral food and maintain on IV fluids until they are sure the bowel that was caught in the twist will return to full function. The blood supply is compromised in these situations and if they gave him food too soon, they might have made him worse. Also if the bowel had not recovered fully, he would have no appetite and been nauseous as well. Plus he had surgery and cramping is normal after the abdomen has been operated on, bowel is very sensitive (as we all know!)

Bowel needs time to heal and it slows healing if it has to digest food. Even think of anyone who has had viral diarrhea - once it stops, if they returned to full diet - solids etc right away - they'd get a heck of a gutache and probably get dirarhea again.

It is possible that your cousin had chronic appendicitis for years before it became surgical. My aunt had horrible abdominal pain and fatigue for years, then when she needed her appendix out, they found evidence that it had been inflammed for a long time. Since the appendectomy, her health returned.

I am, however curious - in your cousins case, if they checked his bowel during surgery for anything else. In my daughters case, she had an unusual amount of abdominal fluid so they "ran the bowel" (went from one end to the other visually examing it) and looked at lymph nodes to be sure there wasnt any other unrelated issues.

If your cousin suspects he may have celiac even with neg tests - has he ever tried gluten free to see if he improves? There is also a condition called vasculitis of the intestines, where blood vessels that supply the intestine become inflammed - causing cramping diarrhes , often bloody.

Sandy


Sandy

Type 1 diabetes - 1986

hypothyroid -1993

pernicious anemia

premature atrial beats

neuropathy

retinopathy

daughter is: age 15

central hypotonia and developmental delay

balance issues (rides an adult 3 wheel bike)

hypothyroid 1996

dermatographia - a form of angioedema 2002

celiac 2004 - by endoscopy

diagnosed Aspergers at age 7 - responded very well (HUGE difference) to gluten-free diet

recovered from Kawasaki (2003)

lactose intolerant - figured out in Oct/06

Gilberts syndrome (April/07)

allergy to stinging insects

scoliosis Jan 2008

nightshade intolerance - figured out April 2008

allergy to Sulfa antibiotics

son is 13

type 1 diabetic - 2003 diagnosed on his 9th birthday

celiac - 2004 by endoscopy

lactose intolerant - figured out Nov/06

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