What is appendicitis? Learn its causes, treatment and what to look out for.
When the appendix is inflamed, it causes appendicitis. It is a medical emergency and almost always requires an immediate surgery where the appendix is removed. If left untreated, the inflamed appendix may eventually burst or perforate causing the spreading of infection to the abdominal cavity.
Here are 6 things you must know about Appendicitis.
1. Risk Factors that may cause Appendicitis
2. Symptoms to look out for
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3. The Diagnosis of Appendicitis
4. Can Appendicitis be prevented?
5. The treatment of Appendicitis
Surgical removal of the appendix is the only treatment option for acute appendicitis. Your doctor may choose an open surgery or a laparoscopic surgery depending on the availability as well as the expertise of the surgeon.
Laparoscopic surgery allows you to recover faster and heal with less pain and scarring. But laparoscopic surgery isn't appropriate for everyone. If your appendix has ruptured and infection has spread beyond the appendix or you have an abscess, you may need an open appendectomy.
The recovery post-surgery could take up to a few weeks. Antibiotics and pain medications may be prescribed. It will also require you to stay away from the strenuous activity, hold/support the abdomen while coughing and eat a protein-rich diet for quicker recovery.
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6. Complications on ignoring Appendicitis
Appendicitis will require immediate medical attention. If left untreated, it could lead to serious complications like
Article by Dr. Chittimalla Ajaiya Kishoar, MBBS, MS (General Surgery)
Consultant Surgeon, CallHealth
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