Appendicitis is an inflammation or infection of the appendix, which is a small part of the digestive system. There are two types of appendicitis. Acute Appendicitis is a sudden-onset of appendicitis, with abdominal pain as its main symptom. Acute appendicitis is a medical emergency, with high rates of fatality ...

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Introduction: Appendicitis

Appendicitis is inflammation of your appendix. In the United States, appendicitis is the most common cause of acute abdominal pain requiring surgery. Over 5% of the population develops appendicitis at some point.1 Appendicitis most commonly occurs in the teens ...1

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Symptoms of Appendicitis

What are the symptoms of appendicitis? The most common symptom of appendicitis is pain in your abdomen. If you have appendicitis, you’ll most often have pain in your abdomen that

  • begins near your belly button and then moves lower ...
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Complications of Appendicitis

What are the complications of appendicitis? If appendicitis is not treated, it may lead to complications. The complications of a ruptured appendix are

  • peritonitis, which can be a dangerous condition. Peritonitis happens if your appendix bursts and infection spreads in ...
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Causes of Appendicitis

What causes appendicitis? Appendicitis can have more than one cause, and in many cases the cause is not clear. Possible causes include:

  • Blockage of the opening inside the appendix
  • enlarged tissue in the wall of your appendix, caused by infection ...
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Causes List for Appendicitis

Some possible causes of Appendicitis or similar disorders may include:2

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Diagnosis of Appendicitis

Diagnosis: How do doctors diagnose appendicitis? Most often, health care professionals suspect the diagnosis of appendicitis based on your symptoms, your medical history, and a physical exam. A doctor can confirm the diagnosis with an ultrasound, x-ray, or MRI ...3

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Treatments: Appendicitis

Treatment: How do doctors treat appendicitis? Doctors typically treat appendicitis with surgery to remove the appendix. Surgeons perform the surgery in a hospital with general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend surgery if you have continuous abdominal pain and fever, or ...4

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Prevention of Appendicitis

Eating, Diet, & Nutrition How can your diet help prevent or relieve appendicitis? Researchers have not found that eating, diet, and nutrition cause or prevent appendicitis.? ...Source: NIDDK (NIH)5 ...

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ health-topics/ digestive-diseases/ appendicitis/ Pages/ all-content.aspx
  2. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  3. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ appendicitis/ all-content
  4. ibid.
  5. ibid.

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