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?
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 certain function of the appendix and we can live without it and it has no consequences due to its absence from our body. Symptoms of appendicitis are similar to gallbladder problems, bladder or urinary tract infection, Crohn's disease, gastritis, intestinal infection, and ovary problems.