When there is a blockage inside the appendix, a person may develop appendicitis, a potentially serious condition. Possible symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
When appendicitis is treated promptly (typically through removal of the appendix), most people recover without difficulty. If treatment is delayed, however, the appendix can burst, causing infection and even death. When making a diagnosis, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to gather information on your particular situation, including a:
- CT scan
- Blood test.
(For more info, click Appendicitis. This article explains who is most likely to develop this condition, what types of complications are possible, and why not everyone will have the same symptoms.)