Appendicitis develops when your appendix — a small pouch attached to your large intestine — becomes inflamed. Sharp pain in your abdomen is the foremost sign of appendicitis, but a pain in your belly doesn’t necessarily mean you have the condition. Almost everyone will experience abdominal pain at one time or another, because there’s a… Continue reading Abdominal Pain: Is It Appendicitis or Something Else?
Symptoms of Appendicitis: Nausea, Fever, Abdominal Pain, and More
Your appendix is a small, finger-like pouch that’s located at the lower right side of your abdomen at the junction of your large intestine and small intestine. Appendicitis occurs when your appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus, a fluid made up of dead cells and inflammatory debris that often results from an infection. If appendicitis… Continue reading Symptoms of Appendicitis: Nausea, Fever, Abdominal Pain, and More
Appendicitis in Children- Signs, Symptoms, and More
A stomachache is a very common occurrence, especially in children. While abdominal pain accounts for about 9 percent of childhood visits to primary care offices, (1) the abdominal pain your child experiences is usually the result of something non-life-threatening, (2) such as: Constipation Gas Strep throat Swallowing lots of air Anxiety A mild food allergy A… Continue reading Appendicitis in Children- Signs, Symptoms, and More
Chronic Appendicitis: Symptoms and Causes
Your appendix is a finger-shaped pouch that’s connected to your large intestine. It can become inflamed and infected, resulting in a painful condition known as appendicitis. Chronic appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix that lasts for weeks, months, or even years. Appendicitis symptoms that arise — particularly pain in the lower right abdomen, where the… Continue reading Chronic Appendicitis: Symptoms and Causes
Appendicitis Causes, Complications, and Risk Factors
Appendicitis is a serious medical condition in which the appendix — a small, finger-shaped organ attached to your large intestine — becomes swollen and inflamed. It’s not always clear what causes appendicitis. Often, appendicitis is probably the result of an obstruction of the area inside the appendix called the appendiceal lumen (the interior of the… Continue reading Appendicitis Causes, Complications, and Risk Factors
What Is a Ruptured Appendix? Causes, Treatment, and Complications
Your large intestine is made up of several different parts, including your colon, rectum, anal canal, and cecum — a small pouch located in your colon. The appendix is a finger-shaped tube that’s about four inches long and is connected to your cecum. It’s not clear what function your appendix has, but some scientists think… Continue reading What Is a Ruptured Appendix? Causes, Treatment, and Complications
What Is an Appendix, and What Does It Do?
The appendix is a thin, roughly four-inch-long tube that’s part of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. (1) The GI tract is a complex group of organs, each of which helps your body digest and absorb food. Your upper GI tract includes your esophagus, stomach, and the first section of your small intestine, called the duodenum. The… Continue reading What Is an Appendix, and What Does It Do?
What Is an Appendectomy? Surgery and Recovery
An appendectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your appendix, the small tube connected to your large intestine in the lower right side of your belly. It’s not completely clear what role the appendix plays in the body, but removal of the organ via appendectomy doesn’t appear to have any long-term health consequences. Appendicitis is… Continue reading What Is an Appendectomy? Surgery and Recovery
What Is Appendicitis? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Appendicitis is a painful medical condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus, a fluid made up of dead cells and inflammatory tissue that often results from an infection. Appendicitis is one of the leading causes of sudden severe abdominal pain requiring surgery in the United States, according to the National Institutes… Continue reading What Is Appendicitis? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Treating Appendicitis With Antibiotics
Your appendix — a small pouch connected to your large intestine — can become inflamed and filled with bacteria and pus, resulting in a painful condition called appendicitis. If appendicitis isn’t treated promptly, your infected appendix will rupture, releasing its bacteria into the rest of your abdomen and leading to a potentially life-threatening infection. Surgery… Continue reading Treating Appendicitis With Antibiotics