The appendix is about
3.5 inches long and
extends from the
lower-right side of
the large intestine.
Although its function
is not fully understood,
it can get inlamed and
cause severe pain and
infection that requires
Inlammation occurs due to two reasons:
Left untreated, an inlamed appendix can eventually burst and release infectious tissue into the abdominal cavity. This can then cause a serious inlammation of the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity). Peritonitis is fatal unless it is treated quickly with strong antibiotics and surgery.
In some cases, an abscess will form over the inlamed appendix. This pus-illed growth will cause scar tissues to form. Although this creates a barrier between the infected appendix and the abdomen — thus preventing the infection from spreading — the abscess and inlamed appendix are serious conditions. Due to the risk of peritonitis, all cases of appendicitis are treated as emergencies and beneit from quick diagnosis and prompt surgery.
If you suspect that you have appendicitis, do not to eat or drink — in case you need emergency surgery; neither should you use any pain remedies, antacids, laxatives or heating pads — these can mask symptoms until the inlamed appendix ruptures! Here are the six classic signs of appendicitis:
If you experience any of these, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Less common symptoms include:
There is no known prevention for appendicitis, although some studies indicate that people who eat a diet high in fruit, vegetables and ibre have a lower risk of the condition. The key is really to recognise the symptoms and seek early medical attention.
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