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What does the appendix do? What happens if you have appendicitis? How do physicians treat appendicitis?

What does the appendix do? What happens if you have appendicitis? How do physicians treat appendicitis?

Not much: Some lymph cells and minimal known function. Once inflamed appendicitis, it may rupture or abscess so it is removed, and most folks do quite well without. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Appendicitis (Definition)

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix which is a finger-shaped pouch that projects off of the colon. It causes right lower quadrant pain that radiates and becomes worse over time. Common symptoms are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant, nausea or vomiting, and loss of appetite. Appendicitis is treated with IV fluids + antibiotics and appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) either as an ...Read more


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What can cause pain in the appendix besides appendicitis?

Stool: Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. Sometimes the appendix may have small firm stool ("appendicolith")that can irritate and cause pain mimicking appendicitis i.e.Right lower abdomen , tender to pressure, occasionally nausea. These may go on to full blown appendicitis or just occasionally cause pain. Then there are all the other causes of pain outside the appendix- ovary, etc. ...Read more

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Can pain in your appendix area definitely mean appendicitis?

Can pain in your appendix area definitely mean appendicitis?

NO: The differential diagnosis of right lower quadrant pain includes: appendicitis, kidney stones, pneumonia, ovarian problems, adenitis ( inflammed nodes, ) meckle's diverticulitis, colonic diverticulitis, crohn's disease, and urinary infection. An evaluation is needed to pinpoint the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why does we suffer appendicitis?. What ises the use of appendix?

Vestigial Organ: Currently, the appendix appears to have no use at all. It may have had a function in millennia past, but now only sits there and makes some of us sick. There is a meckel's diverticulum, remnant of the embryonic vitelline duct. Maybe the appendix is related to that. Appendicitis is when it becomes inflamed because it gets blocked by something, often a calcified piece of poop. ...Read more

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Describe the pain of the appendix when you have appendicitis constant?

Describe the pain of the appendix when you have appendicitis constant?

Eventually, yes: The classic picture is a stomach ache, crampy type feeling with nausea and sometimes vomiting, a lack of hunger and possibly chills or low fevers followed by a migration of pain to the rt lower abdomen where it becomes constant burning hot, sharp and very painful to the touch.. Any little jarring, a cough , a sneeze or someone bumping you is extremely painful, it may be hard to stand upright. ...Read more

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For how long is an appendix typically sick before symptoms of appendicitis?

For how long is an appendix typically sick before symptoms of appendicitis?

12 hour/appendicitis: Appendicitis starts, progresses, with pain in lower right abdomen, fever and signs of infection. By 12 to 24 hours patients know something is wrong and get in to a health care facility. Surgeons remove the bad appendix, hopefully before it ruptures. Surgically cured! recovery is about a week. Usually one or two days in hospital. Often performed laprascopically. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your appendix to heal itself after an appendicitis attack?

How long does it take for your appendix to heal itself after an appendicitis attack?

Surgical Emergency: Acute Appendicitis is a surgical emergency and is never left to heal by itself as it can be dangerous not to operate after the diagnosis is established,the appendix has to be removed and the ost op healing will takle 5to7days if done leparoscopcally the technique used these days If not operated in time it can rupture and cause an abscess with/without peritonitis/sepsis and can be life threatening ...Read more

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If appendix bursts, or appendicitis complicates. How long do you have to live? Minutes? Hours?

Variable: May respond to antibiotics.May localize abscess. May cause bowel obstruction. May cause peritonitis, sepsis and even death unless drained and treated. General surgeon consu,t ...Read more

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I have symptoms of minor appendicitis. Would it be safe to put a hot towel against my appendix?

Yes: Appendicitis is an emergency. It would need to be removed right away to prevent the infection from spreading - symptoms start at abdominal pain, nausea and fever that gradually worsen over time. You may not be able to pass gas or have bowel movement because your intestines respond to the inflammation by shutting down. If you are having these symptoms, you need to consult at the er immediately. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if the opposite of the appendix or on the left side hurts is it a sign of appendicitis?

Could you tell me if the opposite of the appendix or on the left side hurts is it a sign of appendicitis?

Probably not: The appendix is normally located in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, so that is where the pain & tenderness localize in appendicitis. Only very rarely is the appendix located on the left side, such as in situs inversus or intestinal malrotation; appendicitis is such a case would cause left-sided pain/tenderness. Colon or left tubo-ovarian problems might be considered with left-sided pain. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more