Information in simple English

What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix (a pouch-like structure attached to a blind-ended tube) becomes inflamed.

What are the symptoms and signs of appendicitis?

  • right lower abdominal pain  
  • vomiting 
  • anorexia; loss of appetite 
  • fever
  • constipation

Is there any obvious cause of appendicitis?

There are several possibilities, including:

  • blockage of the entrance inside the appendix, allowing bacteria to infiltrate the appendix's walls.
  • fecal debris (appendix stones), parasites, or growths that can plug the lumen of your appendix
  • gastrointestinal (GI) tract infection
  • Inflammatory bowel disease; Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis.
  • Injury or trauma to the abdomen

How Appendicitis is treated?

 Surgical removal of appendix may be done. This is known as appendectomy.