And what are appendicitis symptoms?
Appendicitis is a condition where your appendix, a small tube-like structure in your belly, becomes inflamed or infected. Inflammation of the appendix will happen when something, like food or stool, gets trapped inside it. The appendix usually doesn’t have a clear purpose in the body, but when it gets blocked, it can cause trouble.
When this blockage occurs, the appendix becomes a cozy spot for bacteria to grow, causing inflammation. This setting leads to appendicitis symptoms. It can make you feel severe pain in your lower right abdomen. If left untreated, it can burst, which can be very dangerous.
Diagnosis of Appendicitis
To diagnose appendicitis, doctors use a physical exam, ask about your pain, and check for tenderness. They may also order tests like abdominal ultrasound, CT scans, or blood work to confirm the diagnosis.
The primary treatment for appendicitis is surgery to remove the inflamed appendix. Surgical removal of the appendix is called an appendectomy, and it’s usually done with a small incision or through a laparoscope.
However, antibiotics may be prescribed for some people with mild cases or those who can’t undergo surgery immediately to treat the infection and reduce inflammation. Keeping a close eye on these patients is essential because they may still need surgery later.
In conclusion, appendicitis occurs when the appendix gets blocked and infected, causing severe belly pain. Diagnosis involves a physical exam and tests, and treatment typically involves surgery to remove the inflamed appendix. In some cases, antibiotics may be used temporarily. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent complications.
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