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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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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


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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?

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

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How long will it take for your appendix to start hurting a lot after having the early simptoms of appendicitis?

How long will it take for your appendix to start hurting a lot after having the early simptoms of appendicitis?

12-36 hours: Once appendicitis begins, the vague discomfort which usually starts about the umbilicus becomes more severe and targeted to the right lower quadrant in 12-36 hours, usually 12-16 hours. Loss of appetite, nausea, and fever are also common. If this pattern develops you need to get to a medical facility. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have minor pain near my appendix but no other symptoms of appendicitis. What could i have? Besides appendicitis?

A host of things: Crohns disease, yersinea infection of the stool or adnexal problems( tude and ovary-thewe are some who believe in chronic appendicitis, a laparoscopy is indicated. ...Read more

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Can seeds block your appendix? If so, how likely is it that i will get appendicitis if I have seeds daily? I love seeds!

Seeds: I do not know what seeds you are eating. Are you descring some types of nuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds? Foods that one eats, including seeds or nuts, do not cause appendicitis. ...Read more

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I have no appendicitis symptoms except it does hurt when I press on or near my appendix its not excruciating Ive had this pain for 24 hours now?

I have no appendicitis symptoms except it does hurt when I press on or near my appendix its not excruciating Ive had this pain for 24 hours now?

Appendicitis?: If you have right lower quadrant pain which is worse when pressing on it, it could be appendicitis. Appendicitis doesn't always present classically, and pain thresholds among people vary greatly. A ruptured appendix can become life-threatening. If you have RLQ pain & tenderness you should seek contact your on-call physician or seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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What's the difference symptom wise between appendicitis and burst appendix?

Very similar.: ruptured appendix starts off as appendicitis. Perforation also known as a rupture occurs when it's allowed to progress to end-state and hasn't been treated prior to that time. patients with perforation may present with higher grade fevers and signs of sepsis, but this is not necessarily the case for every patient. It is hard to differentiate the two based on symptoms and physical examination ...Read more

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After starting symptoms of appendicitis, how long till the appendix ruptures?

Unpredictable: It is compelling reason to see a physician for sudden abdominal pain , early diagnosis is difficult in very young and old , in spite of better diagnostic tools . ...Read more

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How long is an appendix patient typically sick before symptoms of appendicitis?

Hours to a day: Inflammation of the appendix may be present only a few hours before becoming clinically apparent. ...Read more

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I have to have your appendix removed if you have minor appendicitis? What do I do?

I have to have your appendix removed if you have minor appendicitis? What do I do?

Antibiotics: appendicitis comes in various forms where a mild inflammatory process can occur or performation and abscess develop. If symptoms are mild and the WBC not too high, conservative treatment can be employed using antiboitics. If there is resolution then any appendectomy can be put off. ...Read more

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In appendicitis, would a burst appendix initially lead to milder pain only then to get bad again?

In appendicitis, would a burst appendix initially lead to milder pain only then to get bad again?

Yes: That's how it happens sometimes. There is an abscess in the appendix, and it grows bigger, swelling and causing pain. Then the abscess leaks out of the appendix and the pressure inside decreases (called a burst appendix), causing less pain. The infection now is in the general abdominal area and will grow, thus needing treatment to avoid death in some hours or days. ...Read more

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Appendicitis (Definition)

The inflammation of the appendix which can cause right lower quadrant pain that radiates and ...Read more