This is a digestive disorder that takes place when the appendix goes through inflammation. As per most studies, this organ which is a three foot plus tube of tissue and a part of the large intestine, is not of much use to the human body. The symptoms include a dull pain in the abdomen, near the region where this organ is located, as well as fever, nausea and bloating.
HOW IS APPENDICITIS DIAGNOSED?
The following tests are usually used to make the diagnosis: • Abdominal exam to detect inflammation • Urine test to rule out a urinary tract infection • Rectal exam • Blood test to see if your body is fighting infection • CT scans and/or ultrasound
HOW IS APPENDICITIS TREATED?
General surgeons perform appendectomy for removal of appendix in severe cases. In case of pus formed appendix, first the pus needs to be drained, and then appendix is removed. In some cases treating acute appendicitis through antibiotics may not require surgical intervention.
DID YOU KNOW?
The surgery that removes the appendix is called appendectomy.