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?
It is diagnosed by a general physician by using the following methods: 1. Abdominal exam to detect inflammation 2. Rectal Exam 3. Blood test and urine test 5. Ultrasound scan / CT scan of the abdomen
HOW IS APPENDICITIS TREATED?
Appendectomy or a surgery which removes the appendix is the standard treatment for appendicitis.
DID YOU KNOW?
There is no way to prevent appendicitis. However, appendicitis is less common in people who eat foods high in fiber, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.