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Appendicitis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Appendicitis ?

Appendicitis is a condition which illustrates inflammation of the appendix.

Appendicitis may be acute or chronic. This condition can happen in every one of us at any time. However it has been observed that it mostly occurs between the ages of 10-30. Appendicitis occurs more in men than in women. Complications from this disease can be serious and fatal if it is not treated in time.

Causes of Appendicitis

In most of the cases the cause for appendicitis is not known. There can be several causes for developing this disease. Experts believe that one of the main conditions for developing appendicitis is an obstruction in the appendix. This obstruction can be complete and also partial. When there is a complete obstruction in appendix, it calls for an emergency surgery.

Obstruction in appendix often happens due to accumulation of fecal matters, which results in:

  • Worms
  • Enlarged lymphoid follicles
  • Tumor and
  • Trauma

When appendix get obstructed, it leads to multiplication of bacteria inside the organ, which in turn leads to formation of pus.Increased pressure inside appendix creates pain as it compresses the blood vessels inside the organ which can even lead to gangrene. So in severe cases this obstruction often calls for an emergency surgery.As, if the appendix ruptures, fecal matters can fill the abdomen, ruptured appendix can lead to peritonitis, which is a deadly condition that can be a cause for sepsis.Peritonitis also affects organs like the cecum, bladder and sigmoid colon, which when inflamed can be fatal for the patient. However, instead of rupturing if the infected appendix leaks, it can form an abscess. Though abscess is less dangerous than peritonitis, but still then it can be really harmful for the patient. Primarily appendicitis is diagnosed by performing a physical examination on the patient. The doctor looks for tenderness in the lower right quadrant of the patient’s abdomen. However, if the patient is pregnant the pain can be in a place higher up the abdomen. In case of perforation of the appendix, the patient’s stomach may get hard and swollen.

How is the condition treated?

Apart from physical examination doctors also perform other tests to diagnose this disease and rule out other illnesses.

Urinalysis, pelvic examination, abdominal CT scan and X-ray are conducted to rule out possibilities of urinary tract infections, pelvic infections and other abdominal complications like peritoneal abscess respectively.

Even pregnancy test and chest X-ray is conducted on the patients at times to rule out possibilities of ectopic pregnancy and right lower lobe pneumonia, before arriving at a conclusion that the patient is suffering from appendicitis.

Appendectomy or surgical removal of the appendix is the only remedy of appendicitis.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Loss of appetite. Abdominal pain, tenderness, nausea and vomiting. Fever

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Appendicitis- How Can Surgery Help You?

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Fellowship In Laparoscopic & Robotic Onco-Surgery, Fellowship In bariatric surgery, F.I.A.G.E.S
General Surgeon, Delhi
Appendicitis- How Can Surgery Help You?

Appendicitis occurs when there is an obstruction in the lining of the appendix, resulting in an infection. Left to itself, it may lead to swelling, inflammation, formation of pus, and rupture of the appendix. The most common symptoms of appendicitis are pain in the abdomen, abdominal swelling, nausea, loss of appetite, high fever.

What is the Appendix?
Appendix is a small, 3.5 inch long pouch-like tube of tissues present in the colon, which is located on the right side of your lower abdomen. Quite a few research studies suggest that the appendix functions as a depository for the good bacteria and helps reboot your digestive system after it is rendered dysfunctional by diseases like diarrhea. However, doctors suggest that the human body can function perfectly without an appendix and hence, one can have their appendix removed in order to prevent bacterial infection or inflammation from spreading to the abdominal cavity.

Appendicitis surgery, also known as appendectomy, is the procedure of removing the appendix before it gets ruptured. There are two methods of performing an appendectomy- open appendectomy and laparoscopic appendectomy.

  1. Open appendectomy- During the procedure the doctor will make a surgical cut in your lower abdomen to remove the appendix. Moreover, if the appendix has already burst, your abdominal cavity will be cleaned. After that the wound will be carefully stitched. Open appendectomy is the preferred choice for those who’ve had a surgery before, or when the abdominal infection has spread to other body organs.
  2. Laparoscopic appendectomy- To start with this procedure, the doctor will first make a couple of cuts – usually three - in your abdomen and insert a narrow small tube known as cannula. The cannula inflates your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas, which gives your doctor a clear view of the appendix. Next, a thin long tube with attached camera and light, known as laparoscope, will be inserted through the cut. The camera displays the images of your abdomen and appendix on a monitor screen and thereby allows your doctor to tie it off with stitches and remove it. After the removal, the incision will be cleaned, closed and dressed. This type of surgery is a preferred option for adults who are slightly overweight. Moreover, this procedure is safer and faster as compared to open appendectomy.

Appendectomy is usually a safe and permanent solution to have your appendicitis removed. It does not have many serious complications or side effects. Like all surgeries, there are some post treatment guidelines to quicken the recovery process. You should clear your doubts with your doctor after the surgery.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Appendicitis - How Can It Be Treated?

MBBS, DNB ( General Surgery )
General Surgeon, Delhi
Appendicitis - How Can It Be Treated?

Even Roald Dahl faked having appendicitis in his famous book, but, what exactly is appendicitis? Wouldn’t it be a little interesting, to say the least, to find out what causes it and what treatment a person can expect to undergo in the case of getting it?

Quite simply, appendicitis is the name of the condition when the appendix swells up. Under normal circumstances, it is about three and a half inches in length. The ironic part about this is the fact that though appendicitis may cause tremendous pain and warrants surgery, no doctor is really aware of the reason why the appendix exists, in the first place! As a matter of fact, it is fully possible to live without an appendix and many people have not experienced any health problems after having their appendix removed.

While the appendix does not serve any properly defined function, this really does not mean that appendicitis is something that is not all that serious. In fact, if there is an explosion of the appendix, a person can die without very strong levels of medication in a time bound manner!

So, what is the cause behind this scary prospect? Simply said, when the appendix gets blocked, the result is appendicitis. What blocks it? Well, it could be cancer, a foreign body or even stool! That being said, it is to be kept in mind that this is not the only reason as to why appendicitis exists. If there is an infection in the body, in response to it, the appendix may end up getting inflamed.

With the exception of a very small minority of cases in which very strong antibiotics are made use of in order to treat appendicitis, a surgery to remove the appendix is usually a given case scenario when a person has appendicitis. As a matter of fact, it is treated as an emergency and the doctors go ahead and start the treatment as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of the rupture of the appendix.

It usually takes about two or three weeks before a person can get back to normal activities though some gentle movement can be undertaken within about twelve hours since the end of the operation. There are two types of surgery. If a laparoscopic surgery is being performed, the recovery is relatively straightforward but if an open surgery is performed, the recovery can take more time and would require a greater amount of care.

Appendicitis - How Homeopathy Can Help You?

BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Appendicitis - How Homeopathy Can Help You?

Appendicitis is a chronic or acute medical condition where the appendix gets inflamed and causes severe pain.  If left untreated, the condition can prove to be fatal. The appendix is a small tube shaped sac at the end of the large intestine. In humans, it is typically not known to have any functional value although some studies suggest that it helps digestion by creating a conducive environment for friendly bacteria. Surgical removal of the appendix is suggested as the most common treatment for the ailment.

One of the key causes of appendicitis is believed to be the partial or complete obstruction at the mouth of the appendix. The common causes of obstruction include accumulation of fecal matter, worms, enlarged lymphoid follicles, trauma or tumors. It is also possible that an infection in the stomach could have extended into the appendix.

Appendix is commonly detected because of its progressive worsening pain in the stomach which narrows down to the lower right side of the abdomen called McBurney point. Half of the patients though do not have this typical symptom and instead come in with a complaint of gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection or even a kidney stone. Further blood tests, urine tests and MRIs or ultrasounds are used to pinpoint the area causing the pain.

In most cases of advance appendix, a surgical intervention is necessary. The type of surgery will vary on a case to case basis.

Homeopathy can be tried in early stages and is especially useful to treat chronic and recurrent cases. It works with the principle of 'like cures like' which means that the elements that cause the problem are a key to its solution too. It employs a holistic healing methodology getting rid of the signs and symptoms and restoring complete health. While other treatments focus on curing the 'problem', homeopathy also deals with the basic reason of the problem and the individual's susceptibility to it. Here are some of the remedies:

1. Arsenicum album: This is used when the appendicitis has resulted in sepsis and the patient also suffers from diarrhea.
2. Belladonna: This is an early stage remedy for cases where appendicitis is accompanied by headache, fever
3. Bryonia alba: This is an effective remedy when the pain aggravates with movement. 
4. Colocynthis: This is a recommended remedy when the patient experiences spasmodic or entwining pain which worsens with indigestion. Applying warm pressure over the area helps in such cases
5. Rhus Tox: This remedy is also called the 'homeopathic knife' to treat appendicitis. It is used when the pain is constant and the patient is never free from pain.

To customize the selection of the remedies according to your specific symptoms, it is best to consult with a practitioner. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Homeopathy Treatment For Appendicitis!

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Homeopathy Treatment For Appendicitis!

Appendicitis can be explained to be the inflammation of the appendix, which is a finger-like piece of glandular tissue connecting to the beginning of the large intestine and is placed normally at the lower right end of the human abdomen. In case of older children and adolescents, the most regular symptoms of appendicitis can be abdominal pain and vomiting, which are often accompanied by fever.

This pain is normally triggered from the centre of the abdomen and is most intense in the naval area. The pain may also move downward towards the right side, and that spot is specified as McBurney’s point which roughly corresponds to the placement of the appendix at the lower right region of the abdomen.

Symptoms of appendicitis
Once the abdominal pain starts, an individual with appendicitis normally develops very insignificant fever, loses appetite and may even vomit. If abdominal pain starts before nausea or vomiting, instead of after, you can suspect appendicitis rather any kind of intestinal infection. Other symptoms that may also be seen in older children and individuals may involve a variety of ailments like diarrhoea, urinary tract symptoms, an uncomfortable and strong urge to urinate, and also constipation.

Treating appendicitis through homoeopathy
There is a wide array of homoeopathic treatments that help in soothing the pain associated with appendicitis. You must consult your doctor so that he or she can evaluate your condition and administer the best possible homoeopathic remedy. There are several medicines ranging from Bryonia to Arsenicum that help in removing the tenderness and alleviate the throbbing pain.

Homoeopathic treatment for various types of appendicitis
Normally, appendicitis causes sharp stitching pain that is typically confined to a small area, and the affected individual is constipated. Also, the ileocaecal area is tender and very sensitive to touch. The patient is unable to move and laying on the paining side gives a bit of relief. If you have hard-swelling with fever and reddish patches on the face, homoeopathic treatment is particularly helpful.

There is also a remedy when the individual is suffering from chills and hectic symptoms along with restlessness and sudden drop in energy. Homeopathy particularly aids in treating these symptoms. In most cases, the patient may also suffer from some kind of peculiar symptoms causing swelling of the area.

Thus, regardless of whether you have been suffering from an acute or chronic appendicitis or recurring appendicitis, homoeopathy has a viable treatment for all your ailments and sufferings. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Appendicitis - Top Homeopathy Remedies For It!

BHMS, BSc
Homeopath, Delhi
Appendicitis - Top Homeopathy Remedies For It!

Appendicitis is a chronic or acute medical condition where the appendix gets inflamed and causes severe pain.  If left untreated, the condition can prove to be fatal. The appendix is a small tube shaped sac at the end of the large intestine. In humans, it is typically not known to have any functional value although some studies suggest that it helps digestion by creating a conducive environment for friendly bacteria. Surgical removal of the appendix is suggested as the most common treatment for the ailment.

One of the key causes of appendicitis is believed to be the partial or complete obstruction at the mouth of the appendix. The common causes of obstruction include accumulation of fecal matter, worms, enlarged lymphoid follicles, trauma or tumors. It is also possible that an infection in the stomach could have extended into the appendix.

Appendix is commonly detected because of its progressive worsening pain in the stomach which narrows down to the lower right side of the abdomen called McBurney point. Half of the patients though do not have this typical symptom and instead come in with a complaint of gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection or even a kidney stone. Further blood tests, urine tests and MRIs or ultrasounds are used to pinpoint the area causing the pain.

In most cases of advance appendix, a surgical intervention is necessary. The type of surgery will vary on a case to case basis.

Homeopathy can be tried in early stages and is especially useful to treat chronic and recurrent cases. It works with the principle of 'like cures like' which means that the elements that cause the problem are a key to its solution too. It employs a holistic healing methodology getting rid of the signs and symptoms and restoring complete health. While other treatments focus on curing the 'problem', homeopathy also deals with the basic reason of the problem and the individual's susceptibility to it. Here are some of the remedies:

1. Arsenicum album: This is used when the appendicitis has resulted in sepsis and the patient also suffers from diarrhea.
2. Belladonna: This is an early stage remedy for cases where appendicitis is accompanied by headache, fever
3. Bryonia alba: This is an effective remedy when the pain aggravates with movement. 
4. Colocynthis: This is a recommended remedy when the patient experiences spasmodic or entwining pain which worsens with indigestion. Applying warm pressure over the area helps in such cases
5. Rhus Tox: This remedy is also called the 'homeopathic knife' to treat appendicitis. It is used when the pain is constant and the patient is never free from pain.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hi, Recently I did appendix operation. Before operation I was thin and my belly shape was normal. But when my operation was did, after operation my weight was increased and my belly shape is also increasing. Is this the effect of operation? Or not. Please elaborate.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Usually, appendectomy cause weight gain making you free from all diatery restrictions imposed prior to removals of appendix makes you stress free in order to regulate your metabolism. Tk, care.

Hi, I am 29 years old and. Already I got actuate appendix surgery 2 years before. But last one month I am getting pain in the same area so please suggest me what is the problem?

MS - General Surgery, FMAS.Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Warm welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly. Recurrence of appendix is not possible so do not panic for that. Same site pain can be there with terminal ileal problem or intestine colic from other issues. Get an ultrasound report done for final diagnosis. Hope this clears your query. Wishing you fine recovery.
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Had appendix surgery 2 days ago laparoscopic and the appendix was ruptured how much time will it take to heal completely.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery, FMAS.Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Greater Noida
Mr. lybrate-user after the surgery usually the wound heals by 3 to 4 weeks and so is the internal wound. You must b doin fine by now and taking oral feeds. You will b fine in 1 week and can do your routine work by 10 days.
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