Appendix Pain

Appendix is a small organ extending from large intestine and it does not have any positive function. It measures about 3.5 inches long and looks like a small tube. Appendix pain is caused when there is inflammation on the appendix due to infection. Severe form of infection requires immediate surgery failing which there is chance for the appendix to burst inside causing serious complications. If the entire infectious materials are poured into the abdomen during the bursting process of appendix it can cause serious inflammation in the abdomen which should be treated on emergency basis.

For some people, pus filled infection forms outside the appendix region which would eventually separate from the abdomen thereby preventing any abdominal infection. Most of the cases of appendicitis require immediate surgery.

Causes :

If the appendix area gets blocked due to the accumulation of stool or any other foreign particles it gets inflamed. Sometimes cancerous cells block the area causing infection. There would be appendix pain if there is infection on the region. Presence of tumor on the colon can also trigger appendix pain.

Who are at riskĀ ?

Appendicitis can occur at any age and on any person. However it is commonly seen in age group of 10-30 of both sexes.

Symptoms :

It begins as a dull pain on the upper portion of the abdomen which becomes sharp as the infection grows big. For some people there would be sharp pain on the right abdominal area with swelling. Loss of appetite, fever, nausea and vomiting are some of the other signs of appendicitis. The affected person will feel bloated and full all the time. He cannot release gas as before. There may be irritation and pain when urinating with frequent diarrhea or constipation problem.

For some there may be severe cramps on the abdomen and pain on the lower back region. In case of abdominal pain with fever and vomiting, then you need to consult your doctor immediately.

Taking self medication during appendix pain may cause rupture making it more complicated.

Diagnoses :

Your doctor will physically examine the abdomen and look out for the above symptoms. Further he may ask you to do urine test and blood test or CT scan for detecting the intensity of inflammation.

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Treatment :

Surgery is done to remove appendix (appendectomy) in most of the cases. The doctor will detect the intensity of infection and pain of the patient and in case it appendix pain is caused due to abscess then he may drain out the abscess or fluid inside. In case of infection he would remove the appendix by
surgery.

General anesthesia is given and 3-4 inches of incision is made on the region. Depending on the health condition of the patient, the surgeons may also remove appendix by laparoscopy. For people who have peritonitis, the entire abdominal area is cleared off the pus.

Some of the complications after surgery are fever, dizziness, vomiting, increase in pain, pus in the area, redness and tender feeling on the region in which incision is made.

In rare cases there may be mild form of infection which is called as confined appendicitis and is treated by antibiotics. Here the patient will not be sick and the condition will improve in few days of taking antibiotics.

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