Don’t ignore your stomach pain
It’s the most common cause of severe abdominal pain that requires surgery for treatment: appendicitis, an inflammation of the pouch-shaped organ at the lower tip of the large intestine. And according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than five percent of us will develop appendicitis at some point in our lives. In fact, anyone can get appendicitis, but it is most common among people 10 to 20 years of age.
The main symptom of appendicitis
Pain in the abdomen, most often on the right side, is the typical sign of appendicitis. The pain usually comes on suddenly and severely and gets worse, extending from the belly button to the lower right side.
Other symptoms that could indicate you have appendicitis
- Swelling in the abdominal area
- Extreme tenderness of the abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Inability to pass gas
- Fever and chills
- Feeling confused or disoriented
Appendicitis is a medical emergency. Here’s why
A ruptured appendix releases dangerous bacteria into the abdomen and though rare, is a life-threatening complication of the condition. So your treatment will likely involve surgery to remove your appendix.
New studies show children may benefit from medication
According to recent studies on more than 400 young patients, treating appendicitis with antibiotics may be a safe approach for many children. Researchers found that antibiotic treatment for an inflamed appendix appeared effective overall, but appendicitis recurred in 14% of patients. Of course, more research will be necessary before non-surgical treatment becomes the standard alternative for children with “acute uncomplicated appendicitis.”
Surgery has long been the primary, successful treatment for appendicitis
Appendicitis is considered a common condition, but it can be very complicated to diagnose. Surgery doesn’t always need to be performed immediately, but waiting must be done with caution and monitoring. Once a diagnosis is achieved, surgery can help ensure your health, and it is a fairly simple procedure.
Central Jersey Surgeons are appendix removal experts
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