Appendicitis is one of the causes of serious belly pain. It happens
when the appendix, a part of the large intestine, becomes infected and
Appendicitis is most common in people between the ages of 10 and
30, although it can occur at any age. Common symptoms of appendicitis
Pain in the belly. The pain may begin around
the belly button.
Pain in the belly that gets stronger and moves
below the belly button to the lower right side.
Pain that does not
go away and gets worse when the person moves, walks, or
Pain in any part of the belly or on the side.
Nausea, throwing up, and not wanting to eat.
pain, and a slight fever.
A general feeling of being sick, and a
pain that is hard to describe.
infection gets worse, the wall of the appendix can break open (rupture). This
spreads infection into the belly area, causing peritonitis. Peritonitis is a
serious condition that, in rare cases, can lead to death.
The main treatment for appendicitis is surgery to remove the appendix (appendectomy).
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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