What is Appendicitis ?
• Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix
• It is a finger-shaped pouch that projects from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen
• Appendicitis causes pain in your lower right abdomen
• As inflammation worsens, appendicitis pain typically increases and eventually becomes severe.
• Standard treatment is surgical removal of the appendix.
Signs and symptoms of appendicitis may include
• Sudden pain that begins on the right side of the lower abdomen
• Sudden pain that begins around your navel and often shifts to your lower right abdomen
• Pain that worsens if you cough, walk or make other jarring movements
• Nausea and vomiting
• Loss of appetite
• Low-grade fever that may worsen as the illness progresses
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Abdominal bloating
Appendicitis can cause serious complications, such as
• A ruptured appendix
A rupture spreads infection throughout your abdomen (peritonitis). Possibly life-threatening, this condition requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and clean your abdominal cavity.
• A pocket of pus that forms in the abdomen
If your appendix bursts, you may develop a pocket of infection (abscess). In most cases, a surgeon drains the abscess by placing a tube through your abdominal wall into the abscess. The tube is left in place for two weeks, and you’re given antibiotics to clear the infection.
Once the infection is clear, you’ll have surgery to remove the appendix. In some cases, the abscess is drained, and the appendix is removed immediately.
Consult a doctor immediately if you have any of the above symptoms.