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Let's Talk About Health: A fat lot of good! Appendicitis and the benefits o...

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Queen's Medical Research Institute

47 Little France Crescent

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“Let's Talk About Health” is a series of public lectures which run annually from November through to March. It is aimed at senior school pupils interested in studying medicine, veterinary medicine or the life sciences at University as well as interested members of the general public and health professionals. The series allows scientists pioneering new research at the University of Edinburgh to share their latest ideas and discoveries with the public and provides attendees with the opportunity to advance their knowledge of health and what happens in disease.


Appendicitis is the most common abdominal emergency needing surgery. One in 13 people will suffer from appendicitis at some point in their lives. During appendicitis, the appendix becomes inflamed and swells. The omentum, which is a large piece of abdominal fat tissue rich in immune system cells, detects this inflammation and wraps itself around the inflamed appendix. This can be very important because the omentum can seal off the area of inflammation. In cases where the appendix has burst, the omentum can stop the pus and leakage from spreading throughout the whole abdominal cavity, causing the severe complications of peritonitis and sepsis.

Most appendicitis patients make a full recovery. However, there are other causes of peritonitis and in some very ill patients, this can be life threatening. Peritonitis is the second leading cause of Intensive Care Unit admission and remains a leading cause of death and morbidity in these patients. Perhaps we can apply lessons from appendicitis to these other conditions that result in peritonitis.

Join us to “chew the fat” and hear about recent research on inflammation and the omentum, how the omentum can be used by surgeons during surgery, what we are doing to understand its function, and how we are planning to use this in the future, to help patients with peritonitis.

Speakers Damian Mole, Clinical Surgery & MRC Centre for Inflammation Research; and Cecile Benezech, BHF/UoE Centre for Cardiovascular Science



Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.

Refreshments available after event.

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This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.

For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman karen.chapman@ed.ac.uk

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