What is Appendicitis?

 

 

What is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is defined by inflammation of the appendix, it is a small pouch situated near the large intestine. It is a part of the gastrointestinal system, but its exact purpose is not fully understood. When it happens, it can lead to severe problems if it is left untreated.

What are the symptoms?

Abdominal pain: The common symptom is abdominal pain which usually starts near the navel and then moves to the right side of the lower abdomen.

Loss of appetite: People who are suffering with appendicitis often experience a decrease in appetite due to pain and discomfort.

Nausea and vomiting: Some people may also suffer with nausea and vomiting as a result of appendicitis.

Fever: Fever can lead by inflammation of the appendix, which is a sign that the body is fighting off infection.

Changes in bowel habits: Bowel movements can be changed due to appendicitis, such as constipation or diarrhea.

What are the causes?

Appendicitis is mainly caused due to blockage in the appendix, the various reasons can be:

Faecal matter: The opening of the appendix can be blocked by hard stool, which leads to inflammation.
Enlarged lymphoid follicles: Lymphoid tissue in appendix can be caused due to infection or inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract which causes swelling in appendix and resulting in a blockage.

Foreign bodies: Sometimes blockage in the appendix can also be caused by objects such as seeds or parasites.

In a few cases, bacterial infection can result due to appendicitis. It is important to take help from immediate medical care if you suspect the symptoms of appendicitis, as appendix can lead to life-threatening complications.

What are the treatment options for appendicitis?

The treatment option available for appendicitis is removal of inflamed appendix through surgery which is appendectomy. However the exact course of treatment may depend on factors such as seriousness of condition, existence of complications, and unique characteristics of each patient:

A. Appendectomy: The traditional form of treatment for appendicitis is an appendectomy, which is performed either openly or with laparoscopic methods. In order to avoid collapse and complications, the inflamed part is removed during an appendectomy by a surgeon. During laparoscopic appendectomy small incisions, small camera and specialized instruments are used. This procedure is commonly chosen because it is less invasive, takes less recovery time and has less risks of complications after surgery.

B. Antibiotic Therapy: Antibiotic medicines may not be an acceptable option for some cases, especially for patients who don’t want to go for surgery or are not good for surgery. Without the need of surgery, the appendix can be healed using antibiotics ability to lower inflammation and manage infection. However, antibiotic therapy alone may carry a higher risk of recurrent appendicitis compared to appendectomy.

C. Observation: Before taking decisions for surgery or antibiotics doctors may decide to watch closely to patients if the diagnosis is unclear or symptoms of patients are minor.

D. Supportive Care: In order to help reduce symptoms, this includes controlling discomfort, giving fluids and resting the bowel movements.

E. Surgery for Complications: Surgery is required for stopping more problems if the appendix is ruptured or resulted in other issues.

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