It is most commonly seen in the age group of 10-30 years. Further, it more common among men when compared to women. Complications of appendicitis can be fatal.
If left untreated, appendix may rupture releasing the bacteria to the outer side. This may result in spread of infection throughout the abdomen. Surgical removal of the infected pouch is the conventional treatment method.
The actual cause of Appendicitis is not known. Obstruction of the appendix that cause infection is implied in the development of inflammation in the appendix.
Obstruction may result from buildup of fecal matter in the pouch. It may also be caused by enlarged lymphoid tissues, worms, trauma, and tumors. The bacteria in the appendix multiply and leads to the formation of pus within the tissue.
Rupture of abdomen is a medical emergency. It leads to the inflammation of the peritoneum, the lining of the abdominal wall. It may lead to inflammation of other organs, including cecum, bladder, and colon.
Infection is checked by blood test. Urine test helps to differentiate kidney stones and urinary tract infection, two conditions that cause similar symptoms. Imaging techniques like X-ray, CT scan, and abdominal ultrasound helps in confirmation of diagnosis.
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