Can appendicitis cause malabsorption?

Q. Can appendicitis cause malabsorption?

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Dr. Naresh Kumar M.
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This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 02, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jul 06, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am suffering from malabsorption. All my tests are normal. But, my radiology result reported appendicitis. Can appendicitis cause malabsorption?



Welcome to It is important to note that appendicitis alone cannot be attributed as the cause of malabsorption. Malabsorption refers to a condition where the intestine is unable to absorb nutrients properly, resulting in weight loss despite normal food intake, low serum albumin levels, and the passage of large, bulky stools or oily droplets in the stools. When these symptoms are present, further evaluation for malabsorption is typically warranted. To assist with the evaluation, please provide additional information such as your age, BMI (body mass index), blood reports, and any other investigations that have been conducted. If you are experiencing acute symptoms of appendicitis, such as abdominal pain and fever, surgical intervention may be necessary. It is advisable to undergo a histopathological examination (HPE) of the appendix to explore any potential clues related to malabsorption, if present. However, it is important to note that appendicitis alone is unlikely to be the direct cause of malabsorption. Further investigation and evaluation are required to determine the underlying cause of your malabsorption symptoms.

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