Appendicitis is swelling or inflammation of the appendix, a small pouch attached to the proximal part âof the colon. Appendicitis is one of âthe most common causes of emergency abdominal surgery, and âusually occurs due to appendicular blockage due to feces, infection or âforeign objects, etc.â
The onset of appendicitis can occur anytime. It can occur within 24 hours or take a few days to present with all the symptoms. â
The symptoms of appendicitis can vary. Appendicitis causes pain that typically begins around your ânavel and then shifts to your lower âright abdomen. Appendicitis pain typically increases over a period âof 12 to 18 hours and eventually becomes very severe. Other âsymptoms that can be seen include - âFever, chills, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and tremors. â
Diagnosis is done usually by a clinical history and a examination of the patient. A CT scan is done to âknow the severity of the condition, âand to rule out other complications. â
The definitive treatment of such condition is surgery (Appendectomy). Supportive treatment with IV âfluids, antibiotics and others are âgiven to prevent worsening of the condition. â
You might consult with your treating doctor for a examination and seek appropriate treatment and help.â
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