Appendicitis

By: Kyle Huesmann

What is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix becomes swollen, inflamed and filled with pus.

What is the appendix?

The appendix is a small pouch shaped like a small finger. It is on the right side of the abdomen, connected to the colon.

What causes Appendicitis?

  • Infection - a stomach infection may have found its way to the appendix.
  • Obstruction - a bacteria clog.

What are some symptoms of appendicitis?

  • Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins.
  • Abdominal swelling.
  • Fever of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit.

What treatments are there for appendicitis?

Surgery to remove the appendix is the only treatment. If the surgery is put off long enough then the appendix may burst. Surgery to remove the appendix is called and appendectomy.

How to prevent appedicitis.

There is no real prevention, but medical researchers say that eating fresh fruits and veggietables will lower your risk of having appendicitis.

What does the appendix do?

The appendix is not a vital organ. Medical researchers are still debating on whether or not the appendix has an actually function.