Appendicitis Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is appendicitis?

Acute appendicitis occurs when the appendix (a small, tube-like structure that comes off a part of the colon) becomes inflamed. This most commonly occurs because the appendix becomes plugged with fecal material or calcium. The appendix swells with inflammation and becomes infected with gut bacteria. It can affect anyone, and is most common in young adults.

Symptoms of appendicitis

  • Stomachache followed by a fever

  • Abdominal pain

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Feeling cold or shivering

  • Stomach / abdominal pain, followed by vomiting

Questions your doctor may ask to check for appendicitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose appendicitis

  • Did you have stomach ache before the fever?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have abdominal (stomach) pain in any particular location?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you feel cold or chilly?

Treatment for appendicitis

Acute appendicitis is often treated surgically, by removing the appendix. Antibiotics and pain medications are often administered as well, and in cases where surgery is deemed not appropriate.

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References

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    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)00275-5/fulltext

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    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2787111

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