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Appendicitis occurs when the appendix—a finger-shaped organ connected to the end of the large intestine—becomes infected. Symptoms of appendicitis include abdominal pain, often starting near the belly button. The pain may move down to the lower right side of the abdomen. Appendicitis is the leading cause of emergency abdominal surgery (appendix surgery is called an appendectomy) and is most likely to strike people between the ages of 10 and 30—although it can occur at any age.

Appendicitis News

  • Most Appendicitis Cases Should be Treated With Antibiotics, Not Surgery, Doctors Say

    Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, a new study found that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared the invasive procedure known as appendectomy.

  • Child’s Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons

    FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children and teens with poor access to general surgeons are at increased risk of suffering a ruptured appendix, and the risk is particularly high among young children, a new study finds. If an infected appendix isn’t removed quickly enough, it can burst or rupture, leading to a serious, [...]

  • Appendix Removal Isn’t Riskier on Weekend, Study Says

    MONDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) — Having your appendix removed on a weekend is as safe as having the surgery on a weekday, but you may end up paying more, a new study shows. The findings were to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons in Washington, D.C. “From what we [...]

  • Massachusetts Health Law Cut Race Gap for Certain Surgeries: Study

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) — Blacks and Hispanics in Massachusetts became more likely to have minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery on their appendix and gallbladder after the state’s 2006 health care reforms expanded insurance coverage, a new study finds. Laparoscopic surgery is the standard of care for appendicitis and inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis). But lack [...]

  • Smoggy Days May Raise Your Odds for Burst Appendix

    Add another possible health woe to the negative effects of air pollution: A new study suggests that the risk of a burst appendix rises on smoggy days. Data from 12 Canadian cities found that “short-term exposure to ambient ozone [in air] was associated with an increased number of hospital visits for appendicitis,” according to a team led by Dr. Gil Kaplan of the University of Calgary.

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