Appendicitis

QUICK FACTS: APPENDICITIS

Symptoms

  • Pain in the abdomen, first around the belly button, then moving to the lower right area
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Low fever that begins after other symptoms
  • Abdominal swelling

Diagnosis

  • Review of medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory tests such as blood tests and urinalysis
  • Imaging tests such as x-ray, ultrasound, and CT scans

Treatment

  • Surgery – acute appendicitis is treated by surgery to remove the appendix. Recovery from appendectomy generally takes a few weeks.

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