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appendicitis diagnosis and treatment

A: Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you. You seem concerned by the appendicitis. appendicitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the appendix. It is classified as a medical emergency and many cases require removal of the inflamed appendix, either by laparotomy or laparoscopy. Untreated, mortality is high, mainly because of peritonitis and shock. It has been recognized as one of the most common causes of severe acute abdominal pain worldwide. Chronic appendicitis usually refers to a milder form of the illness. Chronic appendicitis is very rare and its symptoms are less pronounced, in some cases even undetectable.


How do you get appendicitis?

A: You may get appendicitis if there is an obstruction or infection. •AN OBSTRUCTION : Food waste or a hard piece of stool (fecal stone) can become trapped in an orifice of the cavity that runs the length of your appendix. •AN INFECTION. appendicitis may also follow an infection, such as a gastrointestinal viral infection, or it may result from other types of inflammation. In both cases, bacteria may subsequently invade rapidly, causing the appendix to become inflamed and filled with pus. If not treated promptly, the appendix can rupture. acute appendicitis seems to be the end result of a primary obstruction of the appendix lumen. Once this obstruction occurs the appendix subsequently becomes...

Can you die from appendicitis?

A: i heard that you can because if it bursts then it leaks poison into your body yes, because when your appendix explodes (if it does) it releases bacteria and other dangerous chemicals that the organs that are around such as the intestines can get infected. You can, but I when I had a surgery for something else the doctor said it looked like I had had one for years and never even knew it. So, not knowing is also possible, If it is untreated it can be fatal. If there is a complication during and/or after the surgery to get your apendix removed (ie Necrotizing Fasciitis), that too can be fatal. GekKO! yes, but usually if you aren''t taken to the hospital fast enough. Your Appendix is a small, finger shaped offshoot that is at the beginning of the large intestine. If it gets blocked it will...


Chronic appendicitis Symptoms - What To Look For

A: appendicitis refers to the complications arising due to the bacterial infection and subsequent inflammation of the appendix. The human appendix is a tiny appendage attached to the colon. The appendix is a worm-like structure that is about three inches or more in length. When bacteria invade the wall of the appendix and infect it, it results in appendicitis. Abscess and peritonitis are the most common complications arising from appendicitis. Some of the most common symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and fever. A physician who is well aware of a patient`s history would most often be able to tell whether the patient is...


Appendix and appendicitis Question

A: Hi, welcome to ehealth forum and I am glad to help you. You seem concerned by the symptoms of chronic appendicitis. Chronic appendicitis usually refers to a milder form of the illness. Chronic appendicitis is very rare and its symptoms are less pronounced, in some cases even undetectable. Chronic appendicitis has a very low incidence in people and it is characterized through milder, almost unperceivable symptoms and a slow rate of progression. The general symptoms of appendicitis have an unspecific character. While acute appendicitis is considered to be difficult to detect, chronic


How long does it take for your appendix to rupture when you get appendicitis?

A: The most serious complication of appendicitis is rupture. The appendix bursts or tears if appendicitis is not diagnosed quickly and goes untreated. Infants, young children, and older adults are at highest risk. A ruptured appendix can lead to peritonitis and abscess. Peritonitis is a dangerous infection that happens when bacteria and other contents of the torn appendix leak into the abdomen. In people with appendicitis, an abscess usually takes the form of a swollen mass filled with fluid and bacteria. In a few patients, complications of appendicitis can lead to organ failure and death. acute appendicitis is treated by surgery to remove the...


What does the word "acute" mean when used in medical terms? Why do doctors use this.?

A: the word acute mean 1 coming to asharp point 2reaching a crisis quikly,severe,as a deases.3 Sharp,intence,acute pain,4 Extremly important,critical,grave,acute problems5 Very or sensitive.This word used by doctors because is in latine language. It means severe and is medical speak for severe. They have their special jargon. I suppose it makes them feel important. whatever I have acute thyroiditis and I have been told this is life threatening. acute generally means rapid onset, with debilitating effects which are expected to dissipate quickly but which might become life threatening quickly. Chronic is used to describe illnesses that might last over a longer term and...


  Enter your medical question in thiI am drawing a decision tree and was wonderwhat could be potential outcomes if someonedid not have their appendix removedafter being diagnosed with acute appendicitiss box

A: Hello parl15, acute appendicitis is a medical emergency, characterized by the inflammation of the appendix,and has to be removed on emergency basis either by laparotomy or laparoscopically. If untreated or not removedsurgically then mortality risk is high mainly because of peritonitis and shock. If it?s a necrotized appendix,then it might lead to septicemia and further multi organ failure. Hope this helps you. Regards...


Pain in lower abbs , appendicitis

A: Hi, Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out. If your pain is getting worse, then the possibility of appendicitis can’t be ruled out. Further confirmation of the appendicitis can be done by doing an ultrasound of the appendix to look for any collections/inflammation. I must tell you that CT scan is a much more sensitive test than an ultrasound for the appendix. A blood test to look for any rise in the WBC count/ESR/CRP also helps in assessing the ongoing infection & inflammation. However, acute appendicitis is a diagnosis done by clinical examination. Thus, please do consult a surgeon for the same. Another possibility is a stone in the urinary tract which can also present with...


  What CT Scan is needed to diagnose appendicitis?

A: Hello kjroback, CT scan is not that required to diagnose a simple acute appendicitis. This can be clinicallydiagnosed by a Physician/ surgeon with the confirmation done with the help of ultrasound abdomen. The othersupportive laboratory parameters include ESR and complete blood picture. As per your posting asking for CTscan, I would have suggested CT scan of the abdomen. Hope this helps you. Regards...

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