Appendicitis: environmental pollution increases its risk

According to some studies there is a connection between environmental pollution and the onset of appendicitis

Is there a link between pollution and appendicitis? Numerous studies have already shown how air pollution, due to its ability to ignite tissues, is able to trigger numerous diseases, including allergies, respiratory disorders, headaches and premature births. Well, among the various ailments believed to be caused or worsened by the polluted air, we find one that often, inevitably, leads the patient to the operating table: appendicitis. According to research presented a few years ago at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, the inflammatory properties of pollutants would increase the risk of appendicitis.

In fact, these are the conclusions reached by a team of researchers from the University of Calgary analyzing the cases of over 5,000 hospitalized patients in the city for this disease between 1999 and 2006. The researchers compared the medical records with the data relating to the air quality provided by the NASP (National Air Pollution Surveillance), a government agency that monitors pollutant concentrations in Canada, and has thus discovered a clear link between pollution and cases of appendicitis.

In particular, it emerged that when ozone concentrations rise above the guard values, the risk of pathology increases by about 15%. A similar action, although with less important consequences, was also detected for the other pollutants. The link between air quality and cases of appendicitis also appears closer during the summer, both for the longer time spent by people in the open (and therefore the greater exposure to pollution sources), and for the characteristic increase in ozone concentrations during the summer.

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