This is the inflammation of the appendix which can occur anytime from infancy to
What to look for
dull pain near the navel
or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is
usually the first sign. Also pain in the upper or lower back, right leg muscle and rectum
loss of appetite
nausea and/or vomiting
soon after abdominal pain begins.
constipation or diarrhoea with gas.
Appendicitis is an
inflammation of the appendix, which is narrow and tube like, it is attached to on end of
the large intestine
However, no one really knows why it is there.
Appendicitis is a medical
emergency that requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix. If it is left untreated,
an inflamed appendix will eventually burst, or perforate, spilling infection into the
abdominal cavity. This can lead to a serious infection of the abdominal cavity's lining
which may be fatal unless it is treated quickly.
Appendicitis occurs when
the tube-shaped appendix becomes blocked, often by faecal material, a foreign body, or
With todays highly
refined western diets, food moves slowly down the intestines due to a lack of roughage.
This slow moving causes blockages which may contribute to appendicitis.
Blockage may also be due to
infection. Like other lymphoid tissue, the appendix swells in response to any infection in
the body. As it expands, its opening gradually closes.
As well as this a blockage
may be the result of a seed, pip or other foreign material becoming stuck in the appendix
Surgery to remove the
appendix, which is called an appendectomy, is the standard treatment for appendicitis.