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Appendicitis relates to blockage of the inside of the appendix

Causes The cause of appendicitis relates to blockage of the inside of the appendix, known as the lumen. The blockage leads to increased pressure, impaired blood flow, and inflammation. If the blockage is not treated, gangrene and rupture (breaking or tearing) of the appendix can result. Most commonly, feces blocks the inside of the appendix. Also, bacterial or viral infections in the digestive tract can lead to swelling of lymph nodes, which squeeze the appendix and cause obstruction. This swelling of lymph nodes is known as lymphoid hyperplasia. Traumatic injury to the abdomen may lead to appendicitis in a small number of people. Genetics may be a factor in others. For example, appendicitis that runs in families may result from a genetic variant that predisposes a person to obstruction of the appendiceal lumen. [Top] Symptoms Symptoms of appendicitis may include * pain in the abdomen, first around the belly button, then moving to the lower right area * loss of appetite * nausea * vomiting * constipation or diarrhea * inability to pass gas * low fever that begins after other symptoms * abdominal swelling Not everyone with appendicitis has all the symptoms. The pain intensifies and worsens when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing. The area becomes very tender. People may have a sensation called "downward urge," also known as "tenesmus," which is the feeling that a bowel movement will relieve their discomfort. Laxatives and pain medications should not be taken in this situation. Anyone with these symptoms needs to see a qualified physician immediately. People With Special Concerns Patients with special conditions may not have the set of symptoms above and may simply experience a general feeling of being unwell. Patients with these conditions include * people who use immunosuppressive therapy such as steroids * people who have received a transplanted organ * people infected with the HIV virus * peop
Tue, 28 Jul 2009
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Appendicitis Treatment Diet Diet for Appendicitis The patient should be put to bed immediately at the first signs of severe pain, vomiting and fever. Rest is of utmost importance in the treatment of this disease. The patient should resort to fasting, which is the only real cure for appendicitis. Absolutely no food should be given. Nothing except water should enter the system. Low enemas, containing about one pint (1/2litre) of warm water should be administered every day for the first three days to cleanse the lower bowel. Hot compresses may be placed over the painful area several times daily. Ab¬dominal packs, made of a strip of wet sheet covered by a dry flannel cloth bound tightly around the abdomen, should be applied continuously until all acute symptoms subside. When the acute symptoms subside by about the third day the patient should be given a full enema containing about three pints of warm water and this should be repeated daily until all inflammation and pain have subsid¬ed. The p
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Since the appendix as such is of NO use to us.. Y in the 1st place we have it?? Do appendix was any spl help when we lived in CAVES ???
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Appendicitis during pregnancy can be difficult to diagnose since it presents with atypical signs. Ultrasound is not very accurate in diagnosing appendicitis, especially during pregnancy so it cannot be relied upon totally. Though the ultrasound does not show an appendicitis, you should try to exclude it by other methods. But I do not think you have to be so worried. Appendicitis at this stage is relatively easy to operate. Of course the doctors are taking their time making a diagnosis because it is important to be sure at this stage. All the time and precautions should be taken for making a proper diagnosis as a misdiagnosis can lead to complication. Over-diagnosis of appendicitis can lead to unnecessary surgery and missing a diagnosis can lead to life threatening complications. That is why your doctors are so careful. Please be patient and do not panic. If appendicitis is diagnosed, surgery at this stage of pregnancy is relatively safe for the mother and reasonably safe for the fetus too.
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