Appendicitis: Overview

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Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a small portion of the large intestine. If untreated, an inflamed appendix can burst, causing infection and even death. Symptoms of appendicitis include, but may not be limited to, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, an inability to pass gas, low fever, and pain in the right side of the abdomen. The pain usually begins near the navel and moves down and to the right. The pain becomes worse when moving, inhaling, coughing, sneezing, or being touched in the area.

Because of the risk of rupture, appendicitis is considered a medical emergency. Anyone with symptoms should seek immediate medical treatment. After a diagnosis of appendicitis, surgery to remove the appendix is required. The procedure is called an appendectomy. A doctor's failure to diagnose appendicitis may be malpractice.

See Also

  1. Digestive Disorders: Overview
  2. Appendicitis - Diagnosis Errors
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