Appendicitis symptoms

The symptoms, signs and problems of appendicitis can vary. What are the symptoms of appendicitis?

What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a bacterial inflammation of the appendix. The appendix itself is usually not involved in the inflammation. The inflammation is in the vermiform of the cecum. The diagnosis is often easy to determine, but is often overlooked. When in doubt they will immediately proceed to remove the appendix. When the appendix is ​​too severely inflamed it is beyond surgical repair. There is a risk that perforation may occur what could cause peritonitis and abscess formation. It is better to, in retrospect, remove a healthy appendix (appendectomy) than to leave an inflamed appendix in there. Half of all surgical procedures turn out to be unnecessary. Appendicitis occurs particularly in young people, but may very well also occur in later life.

Symptoms and characteristics appendicitis

A main symptom of appendicitis is that you will experience pain in the right side of your abdomen.In the most classic cases of appendicitis you will experience shooting pains around the navel prior. You are nauseous, you throw up and you hardly feel like eating. The pain in the abdomen can be in combination with fever, but that is not always the case. Diarrhea is also a symptom of appendicitis. After a while peritoneal symptoms arise. Gently pressing the abdomen on the right side hurts and then quickly releasing the abdomen also hurts. this is called "rebound tenderness". Generally there are signs in the blood which indicate that there is an inflammation in the body and there are more blood cells present in the body than normal. Should it be that the above symptoms are determined, then this does not mean that appendicitis is not an option. When in doubt, a diagnostic ultrasound can provide more certainty.

Appendicitis symptoms and signs

The signs and symptoms that may point to appendicitis can vary widely. In young (er) children and in people over 65, almost no symptoms are present. Other signs and symptoms suggestive of appendicitis include:

  • A hard, swollen abdomen
  • You suffer from constipation and gas. This is sometimes accompanied with diarrhea.
  • You experience a separate pain around the navel that can occur in various places in the lower right abdomen
  • You have a sharp, local- and permanent pain
  • Abdominal pain with movement. For example, with breathing deeply, coughing and sneezing
  • It can also suddenly disappear after other symptoms occur. This is very dangerous! Immediately contact a doctor or go to the hospital. 

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