Appendicitis is caused due to the inflammation of the appendix. Appendix is a 3.5 inch tube of tissue present as an extension of the large intestine. An inflamed appendix requires immediate surgical removal, failing which it will burst and spill out infections into the abdominal cavity, which results in a serious condition. Symptoms are: • Dull pain near the navel or upper abdomen that becomes sharp and moves to right abdomen • Loss of appetite • Vomiting or nausea • Abdominal swelling • Low grade fever of 99 to 102°F • Inability to pass gas
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.