What Is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. It occurs most often in people between the ages of 10 and 30. The condition is considered a medical emergency, and treatment often involves surgery to remove the appendix.
When appendicitis is treated promptly, most people recover without difficulty. If treatment is delayed, however, the appendix can burst, causing infection and even death. Possible symptoms of appendicitis include:
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
In order to make an appendicitis diagnosis, doctors will need to perform a physical exam, ask for a medical history, and order certain tests.
Tests that are used to make a diagnosis can include:
- Laboratory tests
- Imaging tests (computed tomography scan, ultrasound, x-ray)
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