Symptoms appendicitis

What are the symptoms, signs and problems of appendicitis? What is appendicitis anyway?

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 appendix 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 inflamed too severe, it can no longer be surgically repaired. The risk is that a perforation occurs which may lead to peritonitis and abscess formation. It is better to, in retrospect, to remove a healthy appendix (appendectomy) then to leave an inflamed one. Half of all the surgeries turn out to be unnecessary. Appendicitis occurs particularly in young people, but may very well occur at a later age.

Main symptoms appendicitis

Appendicitis main symptom is that you experience a lot of pain in the lower right abdomen. In the most classic cases of appendicitis, shooting pains around the navel goes prior to this. You are nauseous, have to throw up once in awhile and you pretty much do not feel like eating. The pain in the abdomen can be in combination with a fever, but that is not always the case. Diarrhea is a symptom of appendicitis. After a while a tingling sensation will occur. Gently pressing the abdomen on the right side hurts and then quickly releasing the abdomen also hurts. this is called "rebound tenderness". In general, there are symptoms in the blood that indicate that there is an inflammation is present in the body and there are more blood cells in the body than usual. Should it be that the above symptom are not determined, it does not mean that appendicitis is not an option. When in doubt, a diagnostic ultrasound can provide more certainty.

Signs and symptoms of appendicitis

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. 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 areas in the lower right abdomen.
  • You have a sharp, local and persisting pain within a few hours.
  • Abdominal pain when moving. For example, when breathing deeply, coughing and sneezing.
  • The sudden disappearance of the pain after other symptoms have occurred already. This is very dangerous! Immediately contact a doctor or go to the hospital.

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