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What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a localized inflammation of the appendix, usually due to blockage.

Appendicitis is an infection that develops in the appendix. Appendicitis occurs when bacteria that naturally live in the large bowel get trapped in the appendix. Appendicitis usually starts as vague pain around the belly button and then progresses to sharp pain that moves to the right lower abdomen.

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a worm-shaped organ that is attached to the first part of the colon. If the inflammation persists and is not treated early this can lead to poor blood flow to the appendix, which may cause the appendix to die and rupture.

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix that occurs when something from inside the digestive system gets stuck in the appendix, causing it to swell and become painful. Appendicitis can be dangerous and can make people very sick. Usually, doctors will need to remove the appendix right away to help people feel better. The surgery to remove an appendix is called an appendectomy.

The appendix is a small, tube-like vestigial organ that hangs from the large intestine, with an immune-related function early in life, but adults can live a normal life without it. Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, usually caused by a foreign body trapped inside.

While blocked by the foreign body, the lining of the appendix continues to produce mucus, but that mucus has no egress point. Bacteria normally found in the intestines can then build up and make toxins in the lining of the appendix, building pressure and causing severe pain in the abdomen. The wall of the appendix can then break open, spilling the contents into the abdominal cavity, causing serious redness and swelling. This is called peritonitis, and it can be fatal.

Appendicitis is more common in men and teenagers, and family history seems to play a role in increased risk of developing the condition.

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. It is a small pouch located in the lower right side of the abdomen, where the small intestine joins with the large intestine. The inside of the appendix forms a pouch that opens into the large intestine. The opening of the pouch can get blocked by a foreign object or by swelling in the intestine. It can become inflamed and infected by bacteria.

If the infected appendix is not removed, pus from an infection can build up and burst. The infection from a ruptured appendix can spread throughout the abdomen.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Appendicitis means inflammation of the appendix, a small tube attached to the beginning of the large intestine. Symptoms include pain in the right lower abdomen. Appendicitis is a medical emergency. Watch Dr. Oz discuss appendicitis.

Appendicitis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the appendix. A fecal obstruction, lymph swelling or tumor may cause appendicitis. If not treated immediately, it may rupture or the appendix may become gangrenous due to an extended obstruction, which is a life-threatening condition. Males between the age of 15 and 25 are most susceptible, but appendicitis can occur at any age for males and females.

The treatment for appendicitis is surgery to remove the appendix.

This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.

Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped pouch that is attached to the lower intestine or colon.  We really don't know the purpose of the appendix, but like any other infection in the body, it does cause pain when it becomes infected. Appendicitis is a medical emergency and surgery is required to remove it.

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