What is it?

Appendicitis refers to inflammation of the appendix, a pouch that projects from the colon. It typically develops in people from ages 10-30 but may occur at any age. It usually begins as pain around the navel which travels to the right lower abdomen. If not treated early enough, an inflamed appendix, it may rupture.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include sudden pain on the right side of the lower abdomen, sometimes starting around the navel, the pain may worsen with cough, moving, or jumping, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, low grade fever, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging of the abdomen, blood and urine tests.


Treatment may include conservative treatment with antibiotics and surveillance or surgery to remove the appendix

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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