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1 Symptoms of appendisitis on Wed May 26, 2010 2:22 pm

What are the symptoms of appendisitis?

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2 Re: Symptoms of appendisitis on Wed May 26, 2010 4:55 pm

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Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a small pouch attached to the cecum, the beginning of the colon, on the lower right side of the abdomen. The appendix is not necessary for life, but it can become diseased. If untreated, an inflamed appendix can burst, causing infection and even death. Appendicitis can affect people at any age. It is most common in people ages 10 to 30.

The cause of appendicitis is usually unknown. It may occur after a viral infection in the digestive tract or when the opening connecting the large intestine and appendix is blocked. The inflammation can cause infection, a blood clot, or rupture of the appendix. Because of the risk of rupture, appendicitis is considered an emergency. Anyone with symptoms needs to see a doctor immediately. Symptoms include

•pain in the right side of the abdomen
•nausea
•vomiting
•constipation
•diarrhea
•inability to pass gas
•low fever that begins after other symptoms
•abdominal swelling
•anorexia
The pain usually begins near the navel and moves down and to the right. The pain becomes worse when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing, and being touched in the area.

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