The appendix is a finger-sized tube that connects the big and small intestines. It has no known purpose, but if it becomes inflamed or infected (appendicitis), you will require emergency treatment. An inflamed appendix can produce intermittent pain. It could also break open (rupture), causing extreme discomfort. Bacteria can spread through the abdominal cavity if the appendix ruptures. These bacteria cause peritonitis, a potentially fatal infection..
You will discuss your symptoms and get a physical examination. A blood test to check for infection may be ordered by your doctor. You may also be subjected to an imaging scan. Any of the following tests may reveal evidence of a blockage, inflammation, or organ rupture:
Cross-sections of the body are depicted on computed tomography (CT) images. They make use of X-rays as well as computer technology.
An abdominal ultrasound provides images of organs using high-frequency sound waves.
It is unknown what causes appendicitis. Something causes your appendix to become inflamed (irritated and swollen) or infected. Possible causes include:
If the appendix has ruptured, it is vital to remove the entire cavity formed by such a circumstance, as this could quickly lead to other difficulties. The surgeon makes a big incision in order to simply and thoroughly remove the whole abdominal cavity. Appendicitis surgery is also beneficial for those who have digestive system malignancies.Laparoscopy
Laparoscopy, also known as minimally invasive surgery or keyhole/Band-Aid surgery, is used to minimize huge incisions that take a long time to heal. In this surgery, the surgeon employs a very thin tube (laparoscope) containing a tiny camera with its own lights inside the abdomen.Open surgery
Open surgery is recommended when the appendix has ruptured, the infection has moved to the abdomen, or there is an abscess. The appendix is removed with a single big cut or incision in the abdomen.Abscess drainage
When the appendix bursts and an abscess forms around it, the doctor must drain the pus from the body and treat the infection with an antibiotic before performing open surgery. The procedure can be performed once the infection has been resolved.
pain on the right side of the lower abdomen, Pain if you cough or walk. Nausea and vomiting, Loss of hunger.
People go on living just fine without an appendix
Yes. the appendix can kill you. Get treated before it gets worse.