Appendicitis: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Appendicitis: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Appendicitis is an acute inflammation of the appendix. Appendix is a piece of tube-like tissue extending from the large intestine. It is located at the lower right abdominal area.
Although the function of appendix is not particularly clear, a study has however described the appendix as source of good bacteria that restores the intestinal microbial flora after a diarrhoea or gastrointestinal illness.
Appendicitis must be treated on time to avert bursting of the inflamed appendix. Should the appendix burst, the lining of the abdominal cavity becomes inflamed, a condition known as peritonitis.
Peritonitis is dangerous than appendicitis and could be fatal if not treated immediately.
Causes Of Appendicitis
When the appendix becomes blocked by stool, foreign body or infection, appendicitis occurs.
Symptoms Of Appendicitis
1. Severe abdominal pain arising suddenly.
2. Inability to pass gas
3. Painful Urination
4. Vomiting, nausea after abdominal pain.
5. Temperature of 100 to 101 °F
6. Loss of appetite
7. Constipation or diarrhea

Is Appendicitis Preventable?
While there is no laid down way to prevent appendicitis, those who eat foods high in fibre, such as fresh fruits and vegetables are less likely to have it.
Diagnosis
If you have any or combination of the above symptoms, consult your physician immediately for medical attention.
Tests
1. Medical examination – Simple examination of the belly.
2. Full Blood Count – Increased number of white blood cells as a sign of infection and inflammation.
3. Ultrasound
4. CT Scan
Treatment
The standard treatment for appendicitis is removal of the inflamed appendix. This is known as appendectomy.
Recovery from appendectomy can be between two to three weeks.







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