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What sort of problem is appendicitis?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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 if left untreated.
While different theories exist, we really don't know why this occurs, but it has remained very common, occurring in app. 10% of the population. Ct scanning has led to the removal of fewer normal appendices based on suspicion.

In brief: 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 if left untreated.
While different theories exist, we really don't know why this occurs, but it has remained very common, occurring in app. 10% of the population. Ct scanning has led to the removal of fewer normal appendices based on suspicion.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Infected appendix
The appendix is a small outpouching of bowel the size of a finger. Because of its small size, it can get blocked by either feces or swollen tissue.
Bowel bacteria can't drain creating abscess. If left untreated, it can burst, unleashing the bacteria into the abdominal cavity. Pain classically starts at the belly-button and moves to the right. Any age can get, but common in kids and elderly.

In brief: Infected appendix
The appendix is a small outpouching of bowel the size of a finger. Because of its small size, it can get blocked by either feces or swollen tissue.
Bowel bacteria can't drain creating abscess. If left untreated, it can burst, unleashing the bacteria into the abdominal cavity. Pain classically starts at the belly-button and moves to the right. Any age can get, but common in kids and elderly.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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