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  • What is Appendix?

    • The appendix is a small, tube-like structure attached to the first part of the large intestine, also called the colon. The appendix is located in the lower right portion of the abdomen, near where the small intestine attaches to the large intestine.

  • What is Appendicitis?

    • Appendicitis is a swelling of the appendix.
    • Anyone can get appendicitis, but it occurs most often between the ages of 10 and 30.

  • Causes

    • Blockage of lumen of Appendix (most commonly by faeces)
    • Infection - bacterial or viral
    • Traumatic injury to the abdomen (rarely)

  • Symptoms

    • Pain in Abdomen
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Constipation or Diarrhoea
    • Inability to pass gas
    • Low grade fever

  • Complications

    • Rupture
    • Peritonitis and Abscess
    • Organ Failure
    • Death

  • Treatment

    Surgery (Removal of Appendix - Appendicectomy)
    • Laparascopy (Preferably)
    • Open (Generally for patients who are unfit for Laparoscopy surgery or when Laparoscopy is not possible)
    Other Treatments
    Antibiotics & supportive treatment