What is Appendix?

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. It may be acute or chronic.

In the India, appendicitis is the most common cause of abdominal pain resulting in surgery. About 5 percent of Indians will experience appendicitis at some point in their lives.

Appendicitis can happen at any time, but it occurs most often between the ages of 10 and 30. It’s more common in males than in females.

If left untreated, appendicitis may cause your appendix to burst and cause infection. This can be serious and sometimes fatal.

Read on to learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Appendix Treatment

  • Appendectomy :-Surgery is the only treatment for appendicitis. The doctor may use the traditional technique (one large cut) or laparoscopy (several small cuts and using a camera to see inside). Surgery is also needed to remove tumors of the appendix. If the tumor is large, it may require more aggressive surgery with removal of part of the colon.
  • Antibiotics:-While the diagnosis is in question, antibiotics treat any potential infection that might be causing the symptoms. In general, antibiotics alone cannot effectively treat appendicitis.

What are the other symptoms of appendicitis?

  • pain around the bellybutton
  • lower right side abdominal pain
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • inability to pass gas
  • abdominal swelling
  • low-grade fever
  • a sense that you might feel better after passing stool