Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix, a small, finger-shaped organ that protrudes from the colon, becomes inflamed. Pain in the lower right abdomen is the most common sign of appendicitis. The pain may be severe and sudden, or it may develop gradually. Appendicitis can also cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, and constipation or diarrhea.
If you suspect you have appendicitis, you should see a doctor right away. Appendicitis is a serious condition that can cause the appendix to rupture if not treated. A ruptured appendix can cause peritonitis, a serious infection of the abdomen's lining.
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask you about your symptoms to diagnose appendicitis. Blood tests and imaging tests, such as an X-ray or CT scan, may also be ordered by your doctor.
If you have appendicitis, your doctor will recommend surgery to remove the appendix. Laparoscopic surgery is performed by making small incisions in your abdomen and inserting a camera and surgical instruments through the incisions. Surgery may need to be performed through a larger incision in the abdomen in some cases.
You will be required to stay in the hospital for a few days following surgery. You may experience some pain and discomfort, but most people recover quickly from appendicitis surgery.
Here are some tips to help you tell if you have appendicitis inflammation:
Pain in the lower right abdomen.
Nausea and vomiting.
Loss of appetite.
Constipation or diarrhea.
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away. Appendicitis can be a serious condition, and if it is not treated, the appendix can rupture.