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What causes a perforation of the small intestine?

What could cause a perforation of the small intestine near the appendix? My father is 67 hrs old and has never had any gastrointestinal problems before. He had a pacemaker put in recently, about 5 days ago. Could he have picked up a virus or infection that would cause this?
Mon, 19 May 2014
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Hi,

Perforation near the appendix can be caused by appendicitis or typhoid.

The infection cannot be so acute, plus following the pacemaker he must have been on antibiotics.

Its usually not due to any virus infection.

He most probably must be having chronic appendicitis before, which could had flared up.

Hope i have been helpful.

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Dr. Ashish Verma
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