Patient discussion about appendical
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Q. How is Acute Appendicitis Diagnosed?
My doctor sent me to the emergency room because he thought I might have acute appendicitis. What are the symptoms and how is it diagnosed?
|A||The symptoms of acute appendicitis can be misleading at first, because they are very unspecific. Usually the patient arrives with abdominal pain, that is "classicaly" located in the lower right side of the abdomen. However, sometimes the pain can't be located at a certain location. The pain tends to increase within hours, and become intolerable, to a point where the patient seeks medical care. Other common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite and fever. The diagnosis is usually made clinically by physical examination. In some cases a CT-scan is performed as well.|
Q. What Causes Acute Appendicitis?
I've heard that appendicitis is a very common situation. What causes it to happen? Is there a way to avoid it?
|A1||Appendicitis is caused by an infection of the appendix, usually from bacterias that are already located in the abdomen. It is not a situation that can be avoided and can occur in a high prevalence in the population. |
|A2||Acute appendicitis is indeed a relatively common situation. The small appendix is located next to the intestine, a very non-sterile area of the body, due to the large amount of intestinal bacteria. Therefore, the appendix can easily become infected and cause strong abdominal pain. There is no way to predict who will develop this situation, and so we do not have a way to avoid it, however, quick medical care is the key to not developing complications. |
Q. What happens if you leave appendicitis alone?
I have symptoms of appendicitis, but I don't want to go to the hospital. What should I do? and what could happen?
|A||If you have symptoms of appendicitis you should see a doctor immediately, because the major complication of an untreated appendix is rupture and infection of the entire abdomen, that can lead to generalized sepsis.|
Q. What are the Complications of Appendicitis?
Why is it so important to operate and remove the appendix when diagnosed with acute appendicitis? Are there complications to this situation?
|A1||Surgery is performed immediately (within hours) when a patient is diagnosed with acute appendicitis, mainly to avoid the life threatening complications that may occur, ranging from diffused peritonitis (infalmmation of the entire abdominal cavity) to blood sepsis and in severe and rare cases even death. Surgical removal is a relatively simple procedure and its benefits outweigh the risks.|
|A2||It is important to do an "appendectomy" (surgery for the removal of the inflamed appendix) when diagnosed with acute appendicitis, because this situation very rarely heals with conservative treatmen.It is known today that the risk of developing complications is much higher the longer you wait, therefore nowadays immediate surgery is done. Complications can still happen in some cases, for instance developing abscess, rupture, adhesions of the abdomen or even sepsis (diffused blood infection).|
Q. Is it true that tomato seeds, eggplant seeds and the like are prone to causing appendicitis?
Is it true that eating tomato with the seeds, eggplant with the seeds and the like are prone to causing appendicitis? Thanks again guys. You're all great.
|A||No. Things with seeds are irritants to a condition called diverticulitis where pockets in the intestines become inflamed. the seeds sort of deposit there and become infected. Appendicitis is just an inflammation of your appendix plain and simple, no particular cause is really pinpointed.|
Q. how can i differentiate between normal stomach ache and an Appendicitis?
I've been having a strange sharp pain in my stomach lately and a friend of mine told me it could be Appendicitis.
|A1||When you have Appendicitis, there should be a sharp pain on the right lower Abdomen. but you mustn't forget that Appendicitis is an inflammation. which means you'll have a fever some time in the near future, and it always get worse. not like other Abdominal pains. you'll vomit probably. i had my Appendix removed 2 years ago. don't worry, it's not too bad ;).|
|A2||Well, to begin with - it is important to diagnose Appendicitis as soon as possible, so if i were you i'd go see a doctor. Regardless, i heard that not always, but sometimes you can diagnose an Appendicitis with a simple routine - just press the right side of your lower Abdomen(left of your right iliac bone- the pelvic bone) slowly, and then release it, fast. if by doing so you fill sharp pain- i suggest E.R quick... BUT - most important, as i said ,sometimes it doesn't work, so you should really be checked by a doctor.|
Q. the R side of my stomach is hurting bad and it is going down my leg and in my back does that sound like this
|A||Well it all depends on how long these pains have been going on. If it is a matter of 1-2 days, this pain , if very very strong and accompanied by nausea or vomiting, can certainly be an acute appendicitis attack, which should make you hurry up to seek medical attention. If the pain is tolerable, and has been going on for more than few days, it is not compatible with appendicitis pain, but can be a lot of other reasons, for instance- gall bladder problems (for instance - stones) or renal stones.|
Either way you have to see a doctor about this pain if you want proper diagnosis and treatment.
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