It is the inflammation of the appendix that extends from the large intestine. It occurs when the appendix becomes blocked by a stool, a foreign body, or cancer. Blockage may also be by an infection in the body. The symptoms are: 1. Loss of appetite 2. Nausea 3. Abdominal pain and swelling 4. Fever 99 - 102 degrees Fahrenheit
HOW IS APPENDICITIS DIAGNOSED?
General physicians may confirm diagnosis of appendicitis through abdominal examination, urine test, rectal examination and ultrasound or CT scan.
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?
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.