The Appendix

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Appendicitis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

This guide covers the basics of appendicitis, including its symptoms, diagnostic methods, and the appendectomy procedure.

The Appendix and Its Role

Located on the lower right-hand side of the abdomen, the appendix's function is not fully understood but is believed to contribute to the immune system.

Recognizing Symptoms of Appendicitis

  • Abdominal Pain: Starts near the navel and moves to the lower right abdomen.
  • Digestive Symptoms: Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea.
  • Fever: Mild fever may accompany other symptoms.

Diagnosing Appendicitis

Diagnosis may involve a physical exam, blood tests, and imaging tests like ultrasounds or CT scans.

Treatment: Appendectomy

Removal of the appendix, or appendectomy, is a routine surgical procedure often allowing patients to return home the same day.

Importance of Timely Medical Attention

Delaying treatment can lead to serious complications such as a ruptured appendix and subsequent infections.

For further guidance on appendicitis symptoms or treatment, consult a healthcare professional or surgeon.