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Symptoms of appendicitis

Symptoms of acute appendicitis

Appendicitis disease is an inflammation of the appendix. The most obvious symptom of appendicitis is sudden acute abdominal pain. It usually occurs at night and in the morning hours. At the beginning it is rather diffused and poorly localized. Gradually, it becomes more intense and focused in the lower right quarter of the abdomen. The establishment of the pain of that place is an indicator of the spread of inflammation on the peritoneum.

Other symptoms of acute appendicitis are acute nausea and vomiting, fever and failure in the alimentary canal, which can take the form of constipation and retention of gas or vice versa in the form of diarrhea.

If your doctor suspects that you have acute appendicitis, he will examine whether you have a pressure sore spot in the projection of the appendix on the abdominal wall (its presence speaks in favor of the diagnosis).

Acute appendicitis

Acute appendicitis disease

The appendix is a blind ending, curved appendage attached to the first part of the cecum. On its inner surface is covered with cells expressing scarce mucus secretion, which is drained to the cecum. The wall of the appendix contains mostly muscle, and lymphoid tissue. The latter is part of the body’s immune system and is involved in the production of antibodies.

Acute appendicitis means inflammation of the appendix. Food or faecal matter can sometimes lodge in the narrow tube of the appendix, and the blockage becomes infected with bacteria. This is a medical emergency. If the appendix bursts, its infected contents will spread throughout the abdominal cavity. Infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritonitis) can be life threatening without prompt treatment.