Appendicitis: Meaning, Causes & Symptoms

Appendicitis: Meaning

The appendix  is a small tube shaped sac attached to the lower end of the large intestine. Inflammation of the appendix  is known as appendicitis.  This can affect both the sexes  and  can be acute  or chronic.  Appendicitis occurs mostly between the age of ten to thirty and half of the acute abdominal emergencies in this age is due to this disease.

Symptoms of Appendicitis

  • It usually begins with an abrupt and acute pain in the  right  lower abdomen.
  • The pain is usually accompanied by fever, nausea and vomiting once or twice.

In the chronic state of appendicitis,

  • The patient may have recurrent pain in the right lower abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Mild nausea

 Causes of Appendicitis

Appendicitis,   occurs  due to  overload of toxic material in the  caecum. As a  result, the appendix  gets irritated and inflamed. Inflammation and infection can be caused by  some bacteria or germs which are usually present in the  intestinal tract. Other factors which may cause appendicitis are:

Blockage of the appendix , bacterial infections  and  the flow of resistance  of the mucus to the caecum.

When the patient experiences the pain , he/she is advised to consult a doctor  immediately.