What do you know about Appendicitis - Appendix Disease?

appendicitis appendix disease symptoms
There is an organ called an appendix in the human body, which is about 3 1/2" long worm-like tissue attached to the colon. Been a vestigial organ, our body no longer needs it. Appendicitis is a disease that can occur if there's an inflammation in the appendix, maybe due to an infection or blockage.


Symptoms
•Pain in the abdomen.
•Fever ranging from 99 to 102F.
•Nausea and vomiting.
•Inability to pass gas.
•Loss of appetite.
•Pain during urination.
•Constipation or diarrhoea.

Unfortunately, early diagnosis can be tough because the symptoms of the appendix are similar to those of many other ailments. The diagnosis of appendicitis can be carried out through a physical test, CT scan, ultrasound, white blood cell count, etc. It can be treated with antibiotics or a surgery called appendectomy to remove the appendix. Removal of the appendix is either through a 4" incision or laparoscopy, and it's done under general anaesthesia. Full recovery can take up to 2-3 weeks, but the patient can move around after 12 hours of the surgery.

If a person has any of the symptoms stated above, he/she should be taken to a doctor immediately. The condition requires quick diagnosis so that the treatment can start as soon as possible. Any delay can lead to fatality. N.B: Do not give laxatives, painkiller or heating pads to the patient. These can cause the rupture of an already inflamed appendix.

I hope this helps, stay healthy.

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