WHAT IS APPENDICITIS AND ITS EMERGENCY SYMPTOMS?
There is a pouch-shaped vestigial organ (no vital function) in our body which is connected to the large intestine and this is called as appendix. When there is an inflammation of this appendix it is called as appendicitis. If proper treatment is not taken then the appendix can rupture and cause life threatening situations. Hospitals like Annai Arul Hospital are fully equipped to treat all kinds of emergencies including the appendicitis in any condition. Giving proper and immediate medical attention is the way to full recovery and normal life.
The appendix is located on the lower right-hand side of the abdomen. Though, usually the pain from appendicitis may start from the middle of the abdomen. The emergency treatment for appendicitis is always surgery which re moves the appendix. After the surgery, in most of the cases patients recover in due time without any complications.
WHAT CAUSES APPENDICITIS?
Though there is no specific function for the appendix since it is a vestigial organ there is blood supply to the organ and it is connected with the large intestine. When there is a blockage or obstruction in the appendix an inflammation and resultant infection occurs. The blockage results in the build up of mucus, parasites and fecal matter. When this happens there is a congregation of bacteria in the area which multiplies inside the organ. This causes the appendix to swell and get irritated and finally leading to appendicitis.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF APPENDICITIS?
There are a variety of symptoms to indicate appendicitis. Though not everyone will have similar symptoms. What is crucial is to consult a medical expert at the earliest. The appendix is dangerous since it can rupture anywhere between 48 to 72 hours time after the onset of the symptoms. You should consult a doctor or reach the nearest medical centre like Annai Arul Hospital to receive expert medical intervention if you have any of the following symptoms:
There will be gradual onset of dull, cramping or aching pain throughout the abdomen during the beginning of appendicitis. As the appendix slowly gets more swollen and inflamed, it will start irritating the lining of the abdominal wall and causes localize sharp pain in the lower part of the abdomen. This pain will be constant and severe than the initial pain. If the appendix lies behind the colon then it causes lower back pain too.
Continuous mild fever
When afflicted with appendicitis it causes a mild f ever upto 100 degree Fahrenheit. There may also be some chills. If the appendix has bursts the resulting infection could also cause this fever to escalate. A fever more than 1010 F and elevation in heart rate means the appendix has ruptured.
The first signs of a serious appendicitis are the onset of nausea and vomiting. There is general lack of appetite and sometimes severe constipation. The presence of diarrhea and even trouble in passing gas indicates that there is partial or total obstruction of the bowel. All these show the presence of appendicitis problem.
Timely and expert medical treatment and if needed surgery can prevent life threatening situation. This sort of speciality treatment is readily available in hospitals like Annai Arul Hospital which has a team of doctors, 24 hour ICU, modern surgical facilities and excellent facilities for recovering from an appendicitis surgery.