Appendicitis will occur to anybody of any age

We get many types of pains and two unbearable pains are:-

  • Stomach Pain
  • Tooth Pain

We will get stomach pain, due to many reasons:-

  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Overeating
  • Appendicitis

‘Appendix’ is a closed-ended, narrow, worm-like tube attached to the end of the first fold of the colon. The wall of the appendix contains lymphatic tissue which is part of the immune system making antibodies. The Inflammation of the appendix is called “Appendicitis”. The appendicitis begins when the opening from the appendix into the Colon becomes blocked. The blockage may be due to:-

  • Build-up of thick mucus within the appendix
  • Stool that enters the appendix from the Colon

The mucus or stool hardens, becomes rock-like, and blocks the opening of the appendix into the colon. If the blockage continues, bacteria that are normally present within the appendix infect the wall of the appendix. This will cause inflammation in the wall of the appendix, and the wall of the appendix will begin to die, finally resulting in the bursting of the appendix.

Appendicitis will occur in anybody, whether male or female of any age. But it commonly affects the people in the age group between 10 and 30 years. It will be more complicated in very young and old people.

The delay in the diagnosis and treatment of Appendicitis will lead to a complication called ‘Perforation’. Perforation is a collection of infected pus or diffuse peritonitis, infection of the entire lining of the abdomen and the pelvis

When the inflammation surrounding the appendix causes the intestinal muscle to stop working blockage will occur which will prevent the intestinal contents from passing through. If the intestine above the blockage gets filled with liquid and gas, the abdomen will distend and nausea and vomiting will be there. Draining the contents of the intestine through a tube passed through the nose and esophagus and into the stomach and intestine will have to done.

Symptoms of Appendicitis are one or more of the following :-

  • The abdominal pain around the abdomen near the center of the stomach
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Tenderness in the right lower abdomen

If appendicitis is diagnosed and confirmed, appendix will be removed surgically, which is called “Appendectomy”.

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