Appendix or Vermiform Appendix, as it is known, is a part of the body that lies near to the abdomen. An inflammation of the inner lining of the appendix is known as Appendicitis. Appendicitis is often considered to be a clinical emergency as a rupture of it could lead to its contents coming in direct contact with the blood and can even cause fatal. Appendicitis can occur at any time, but usually it occurs between the ages of 10 and 30 and found more common in men than in women.
- Lower right side abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal swelling
- Low grade fever
Often a scanning of the abdominal region can suffice. The doctor may suggest an MRI scan, an Ultrasound scan or sometimes X-rays as well. Urinalysis, liver and pancreatic function test and radionuclide scanning are also sometimes used to determine if the reason for the abdominal pain is appendicitis.
The use of antibiotics is suggested as it can help in preventing infections and thus any complications that may arise can be avoided. Inhibiting the synthesis of mucopeptides and cell walls is important and hence the doctor might suggest the use of Penicillin which by itself is a bactericidal antibiotic. When the appendicitis condition becomes acute, the doctor may suggest a surgery to avoid a worsening of the condition of the patient. Surgeries are now done with keyhole incisions made on the skin and the recovery of the patient takes just about two weeks.
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