Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix due to blockage often by stool, a foreign body or cancer. The blockage may occur due to infection. Appendix is 3 1/2-inch-long tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine. The symptoms are abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, fever, inability to pass gas, abdominal swelling, etc.
HOW IS APPENDICITIS DIAGNOSED?
The following tests are usually used to make the diagnosis:• Abdominal exam• Urine test• Rectal exam• Blood test• CT scan
HOW IS APPENDICITIS TREATED?
The only treatment for this condition is surgery which aims at removal of the organ. It is necessary for this surgery to happen on an immediate basis so as to prevent a burst or perforation which can be fatal and can cause heavy bleeding.
DID YOU KNOW?
The surgery that removes the appendix is called appendectomy.