Appendicitis

Common Name(s)

Appendicitis

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch that is attached to your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen. There is no known purpose of the appendix and surgical removal causes no known health problems. However, one theory is that the appendix stores good bacteria to replenish the digestive system after an illness. Symptoms of appendicitis may include sudden pain that begins on the right side of the lower abdomen, pain that worsens if you cough or walk, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, constipation or diarrhea, and abdominal bloating. Anyone is at risk of appendicitis, but it seems to happen more often in individuals who are between 10 and 30 years of age.

Appendicitis is caused by a blockage in the lining of the appendix that results in infection. The appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus. Serious complications of appendicitis may include a ruptured (burst) appendix, which can be life threatening, and formation of a pocket of pus (abscess) in the abdomen. To diagnose appendicitis your doctor may perform a physical exam, as well as blood, urine, and imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis. Appendicitis treatment usually involves surgery to remove the inflamed appendix. If an abscess does form, a tube may be placed to drain the pus prior to surgery. If you or someone you know has symptoms of appendicitis, talk with your doctor immediately.

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The terms "Appendicitis" returned 1136 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The sonographic features of neonatal appendicitis: A case report.
 

Author(s): Shu-Yu Si, Yi-Yi Guo, Jian-Feng Mu, Chao-Ying Yan

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Nov;96(45):e8170.

 

Neonatal appendicitis is extremely rare, and preoperative diagnosis is challenging. This study aimed to investigate the utility of ultrasound for the diagnosis of neonatal appendicitis.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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RE: Appendiceal Immunoglobulin G4-Related Disease Mimicking Appendiceal Tumor or Appendicitis: A Case Report.
 

Author(s): Dong Hyang Kwon, Bhaskar Venkata Kallakury

Journal: Korean J Radiol. ;18(6):1012-1013.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Laparoscopic Versus Open Appendectomy for Acute Appendicitis in Children.
 

Author(s): Yu Liu, Zhengmin Cui, Rongpeng Zhang

Journal: Indian Pediatr. 2017 Nov;54(11):938-941.

 

To compare the efficacy and safety of laparoscopic appendectomy and open appendectomy for acute appendicitis in children.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Appendicitis" returned 79 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Perforated appendicitis after colonoscopy: cause or coincidence?: A rare case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Xiao-Cong Zhou, Chun-Wei Huang, Yan-Yan Dai, Zhi-Yang Huang, Zheng Lou

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Nov;96(46):e8747.

 

Colonoscopy is a relatively safe and common procedure with low risks of complications, and acute appendicitis with perforation is an extremely rare complication of colonoscopy. The current study presents an unusual case of acute gangrenous appendicitis with perforation following a ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Emergency Department Pain Management of Acute Abdominal Pain and Acute Appendicitis in Children.
 

Author(s): Ron Jacob, Itai Shavit

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2016 Nov;18(11):689-691.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Acute appendicitis in young children less than 5 years: review article.
 

Author(s): Hamdi Hameed Almaramhy

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Despite wide spread availability of sophisticated diagnostic imaging, acute appendicitis in pre-school children remains a diagnostic challenge. Most of these children present late, often with complications e.g. appendicular perforation, abscess formation and peritonitis and as result ...

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Point of Care 3D Ultrasound for Pediatric Appendicitis: a Pilot Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Appendicitis

 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2017

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Last Updated: 21 Dec 2016

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Multi-institutional Trial of Non-operative Management of Appendicitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Appendicitis

 

Last Updated: 21 Aug 2017

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