Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix, a small pouch-like organ attached to the large intestine, becomes inflamed and swollen.
The most common cause of appendicitis is a blockage in the appendix, which can be caused by a buildup of feces, mucus, or a tumor. This blockage causes the appendix to become inflamed and infected.
Symptoms of appendicitis can include:
- Abdominal pain that starts around the navel and moves to the lower right side
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Constipation or diarrhoea
Diagnosis of appendicitis typically involves a physical examination and may include tests such as a CT scan or ultrasound. A blood test may also be done to check for signs of inflammation.
Treatment for appendicitis is typically surgery to remove the appendix. This surgery is called an appendectomy. If the appendix has ruptured, antibiotics will be given and a surgery is typically done within 24-48 hours after diagnosis.
It’s important to note that appendicitis is a medical emergency, and it’s important to seek medical attention right away if you suspect you have appendicitis.
Delayed treatment can lead to serious complications such as a burst appendix, which can cause serious infection and even sepsis.
To discuss diagnosis and treatment options, please book an appointment with our specialist.
To learn more about appendicitis, please click on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/appendicitis/
Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych