Appendicitis and Its Consequences

Appendicitis must be cured as soon as possible as the inflammation crosses the extent it forms an abscess or a breakage of the appendix that can occur and lead to abdominal peritonitis.

Some of the symptoms of appendicitis are pain in the belly mostly in the right lower part of the abdomen and will be much worse, low graded fever, nauseas and sometimes even vomiting, loss of appetite and constipation or diarrhea.

These symptoms are common to other diseases but there is a particular sign that only appendicitis has the nausea and vomiting begin after the abdominal pain had stopped.

Diagnosing appendicitis can sometimes be difficult due to its undefined symptoms and due to other affections that manifest alike (gastroenteritis, Crohn’s disease, etc).

Today appendicitis is not as frequent as it was before and affects mostly patients aged from 10 to 30. Certainly, children and elder people can get appendicitis but not in such a large number in this category of age. Analysis shows that 7% of the US population is affected of appendicitis. Appendicitis is not a transmittable disease, so you must not worry if your friend or relative had appendicitis. Researchers believe that following a high-fiber diet will prevent appendicitis from capturing you. They do not know yet why the disease occurs in some people and in other it does not occur. Appendicitis is considered to be an emergency due to its serious complications that can occur if left untreated.

Surgery will remove the swollen appendix with the help of the laparoscope. Before that, intravenous fluids will be monitored to keep you well hydrated and no oral intake of food and water is permitted because this could obstruct with the anesthesia and surgery. The laparoscope is made of several tubes one containing an optic camera and others surgical instruments. This device will leave a smaller scar than the scalpel, and patients will recover faster after the surgery made with the laparoscope. The disadvantage is that the patient will require a general anesthesia.

In order to see if you have appendicitis or not the doctor will request a blood test to see if the white blood cells are in an increased number. The white blood cells usually get numerous if an infection occurs in the body. A urine test will also be made to eliminate the possibility of a urine infection; CT and ultrasounds are performed too and are quite reliable nowadays.

If you are at home and you suspect that someone in your family has appendicitis do not give him food or water in order to avoid complications and not to make surgery more difficult. Painkillers, antibiotic drugs and laxatives are also prohibited.