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Q: How long can symptoms of appendicitis last before it ruptures?

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Appendicitis symptoms may last between 36 to 72 hours before the appendix ruptures. Appendicitis symptoms develop quickly from onset of the condition. Early symptoms include pain near the belly button, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and a low fever. After 24 hours, pain usually moves to the lower right side of the belly.

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