Appendicitis - Overview

Appendicitis is the inflammation of the appendix. Appendix is a small worm-shaped tube attached to the colon which is the longest part of the large intestine. If some indigestible food parts or fecal matters get stuck in the narrow tube of the appendix, it causes a blockage which then becomes infected with bacteria. This causes the inflammation and is a medical emergency.

Appendicitis pain gradually gets severe as the inflammation worsens. Symptoms of appendicitis include progressively worsening pain in the abdomen area, nausea, vomiting, etc. Appendix can easily be removed through surgery. It is more common in people between ages of 10 and 30.

Did you know? Use of the appendix in a human body is still not clear.

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