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Schizophrenia linked with appendix rupture

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Patients with schizophrenia are almost three times as likely to suffer from a ruptured appendix, a study has shown.
Findings were based on hospital discharge data from 97,589 patients hospitalised in Taiwan with a perforated appendix between 1997 and 2001.

A ruptured appendix occurred in 46.7 percent of the schizophrenic patients compared with 25.1% of the patients with no major mental diseases, the authors found. However, they said the presence of affective psychoses or other mental disorders was not a significant predictor for a ruptured appendix.

The study concluded that although the country’s national health insurance programme helped reduce financial barriers for mentally ill patients, they remained at a disadvantage for obtaining timely treatment for their physical diseases.

BMC Public Health (2007) 7:331
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