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What is appendicitis

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Inflamed appendix: Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. It usually occurs when there is a blockage in the opening of the appendix, usually by feces. This lea ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Appendicitis can lead to:: Abdominal abscess, Infertility in women, Small Bowel Obstruction, Anovulation, Bowel obstruction, Bowel perforation.
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Appendicitis : Appendicitis occurs when the appendix (a small, worm-like organ attached to the large intestine) becomes inflamed and infected. The appendix will fil ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
From surroundings : When the infection is not from with in the appendix is from surrounding tissues like pelvic infection etc then called reactive appendicitis and not ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Unknown: Appendicitis can occur from infancy into the very elderly. I am not aware of any causes for appendicitis. One medical site lists the most common age ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Acute inflammation: The appendix is a worm-shaped part of the intestine that is very prone to obstruction, leading to acute inflammation that can progress to perforation ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Pain and illness: Usually gradual onset mid abdominal discomfort that gets worse and moves to the right lower abdomen, getting worse over 24-48 hours. Usually do not fe ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joey Bluhm
16 years experience General Surgery
Fecolith: Stool trapped in the appendix does not allow the appendix to drain. Bacteria grow and cause infection.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Anything is possible: But unlikely for appendicitis to improve spontaneously. More likely explanation is that your symptoms were not really appendicitis but caused by some ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
It can progress to: Abscess, generalized peritonitis, septicemia, and death. Historically, before appendectomies could be safely done, it was a major cause of death in o ... Read More

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