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What is 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.

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.

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