HealthDay – Dr. Edward Chin: "Smoggy Days May Raise Your Odds for Burst Appendix"
Study found the risk rose by up to 22 percent after consecutive high-ozone days.
Data from 12 Canadian cities found that "short-term exposure to ambient ozone [in air] was associated with an increased number of hospital visits for appendicitis," according to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives by a research team led by Gil Kaplan, MD, of the University of Calgary. "In very young patients and the elderly, perforated appendicitis can be a very severe condition and even lethal for these vulnerable populations, often due to a delay in diagnosis," said Edward Chin, MD, an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Learn More