Appendicitis: what is dangerous and how not to miss the symptoms

Appendicitis is a fairly common condition. People of all ages are subject to it: from infants to the elderly. Together with the surgeon and the head physician of the "Medical Center" Health "clinics" Oleg Antonov, we will tell you how to recognize the disease and what threatens the later visit to the doctor.

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, the appendix of the caecum (from the Latin appendix). It is located at the place where the small intestine passes into the large intestine - in the lower part of the right half of the abdomen (with the exception of

rare cases

when the abnormal location of the appendix is ‚Äč‚Äčencountered).

Causes of occurrence

appendicitis

and factors of its development have not yet been established. Researchers put forward various assumptions: blockage of the lumen of the appendix, diet, heredity. However, a consensus has not yet been reached. Therefore, scientists cannot offer ways to prevent the disease. But timely diagnosis and proper treatment significantly reduce the risks associated with this disease.

Appendicitis: what is dangerous and how not to miss the symptoms

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Surgeons call appendicitis one of the most insidious diseases, which can disguise themselves as other conditions. One of its reliable symptoms is pain that occurs in the upper abdomen and goes down into the right half of the abdomen. This is a symptom of Kocher-Volkovich. The pain intensifies with coughing, walking and other sudden movements.

For appendicitis

, characteristic

nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, constipation or diarrhea, bloating. The inflamed appendix goes through several stages - catarrhal, phlegmonous and finally gangrenous. As the inflammation intensifies, the patient's well-being worsens.

There are few options: call an ambulance or go to the hospital. This is the case when it is better to play it safe.

Appendicitis: what is dangerous and how not to miss the symptoms

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Appendicitis can be deadly if see a doctor too late. The fact is that due to the accumulation of pus, a process can rupture, which will lead to its contents getting into the abdominal cavity, and this, in turn, will cause sepsis. The gap occurs in 17-32% of cases. Often this leads to the death of the patient.

Appendicitis: what is dangerous and how not to miss the symptoms

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