Appendicitis is a state of medical emergency that is characterized by an inﬂammation of the appendix. Some of the other symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, constipation, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling and fever. If your child's abdominal pain worsens with movement, deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing, the chance that he or she has appendicitis becomes all the more likely.
HOW IS APPENDICITIS IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
The pediatrician would require a medical history of the child’s illness to detect Appendicitis. The doctor might suggest some blood and urine tests. Some diagnostic imaging tests may be recommended for further examination e.g. ultrasound, CT scan and X-rays.
HOW IS APPENDICITIS IN CHILDREN TREATED?
An appendectomy, which involves the surgical removal of the appendix, is the standard treatment for appendicitis in children as well as adults.
DID YOU KNOW?
Appendicitis most often affects people between the ages of 10 and 19 years, and is usually caused by an abdominal infection that has spread to the appendix, or by an obstruction that has blocked up the appendix.