Appendicitis

Appendicitis occurs if the appendix (a small, thin pouch connected to the large intestine) becomes inflamed.

Overview

Appendicitis occurs if the appendix (a small, thin pouch connected to the large intestine) becomes inflamed. This is caused, for example, by a blockage of the opening inside the appendix or by bacteria. Pain that starts in the middle of the stomach and then moves to the lower right abdomen is typical. The appendix is often surgically removed.

Symptoms

Main symptoms

Other symptoms

Complications

Causes and treatment

Causes

  • Blockage of appendix (remains of food/stools)
  • Kink in the appendix
  • Bacterial infection

Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital

Possible tests
  • Blood test (inflammatory markers)
  • Ultrasound
Possible therapies
  • Observation of mild cases, and antibiotics
  • Operation

When to see a doctor?

  • Pain in the middle of the stomach that moves to the lower right abdomen

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