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  eMedicine - Appendicitis : Article by Luigi Santacroce, MD
Appendicitis may occur for several reasons, such as an infection of the appendix, but the most important step is the obstruction of the appendiceal lumen.
Etiology: Appendicitis is caused by obstruction of the appendiceal lumen.
Lamps LW: Appendicitis and infections of the appendix.
www.emedicine.com /MED/topic3430.htm   (6079 words)

  
 APSA :: For Parents: Appendicitis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Approximately 90% of the patients with appendicitis will have a white blood cell count that is high (between 10,000 to 15,000 per cubic millimeter); looking at the urine may be of importance to identify a bladder infection or the presence of blood in the urine which may be caused by a kidney stone.
The typical finding of appendicitis on ultrasound is a round, tender, stiff, blind-ending structure that is greater than 6mm (quarter inch) in diameter and sitting next to the first part of the large intestine which is called the cecum.
Although appendicitis is a common childhood condition, arriving at the diagnosis may be difficult in up to half of the patients, especially in infants, very young children, mentally retarded children, patients initially hospitalized for other conditions, and teen-age girls in whom various gynecologic problems may also present with lower abdominal pain.
www.eapsa.org /parents/Appendicitis.htm   (2958 words)

  
 Appendicitis Basics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a 3 1/2-inch-long tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery to remove the appendix.
Appendicitis occurs when the tube-shaped appendix becomes blocked, often by fecal material, a foreign body, or cancer.
www.hipusa.com /eTools/webmd/A-Z_Encyclopedia/AppendicitisBasics.htm   (236 words)

  
 Appendicitis
If appendicitis isn't treated promptly, the infected appendix may rupture and the infection may spread to other areas of the abdomen and cause pain over the whole abdomen.
Also, if your doctor suspects you have appendicitis, you will probably be asked to stop eating or drinking (an important precaution when a person is possibly going to have surgery).
Appendicitis is treated with surgery to remove the infected appendix.
www.kidshealth.org /teen/infections/intestinal/appendicitis.html   (753 words)

  
 Appendicitis: Emergencies: Merck Manual Home Edition
Appendicitis is inflammation and infection of the appendix.
Except for trapped hernias, appendicitis is the most common cause of sudden, severe abdominal pain and abdominal surgery in the United States.
Appendicitis is most likely to occur between the ages of 10 and 30.
www.merck.com /mmhe/sec09/ch132/ch132f.html   (559 words)

  
 AllRefer Health - Appendicitis
Appendicitis is a sudden inflammation of the appendix, a small, finger-shaped tube that branches off the large intestine.
Appendicitis is more common in males than in females, and incidence peaks in the late teens and early 20s.
Appendicitis generally follows obstruction of the appendix by feces (fecalith), a foreign body, or rarely, a tumor.
health.allrefer.com /health/appendicitis-info.html   (470 words)

  
 Appendicitis
Appendicitis is the most common acute surgical emergency of the abdomen.
The cause of appendicitis relates to blockage of the inside of the appendix, known as the lumen.
For example, appendicitis that runs in families may result from a genetic variant that predisposes a person to obstruction of the appendiceal lumen.
digestive.niddk.nih.gov /ddiseases/pubs/appendicitis   (1836 words)

  
 Appendicitis - DrGreene.com
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix; the appendix becomes hot, red, tender, and swollen.
Appendicitis is sometimes obvious, but often it is not easy to recognize at all.
It may not be possible to prevent appendicitis, but a ruptured appendix might be prevented by prompt attention to abdominal pain that seems different from previous episodes, especially if it is accompanied by vomiting and fever.
www.drgreene.com /21_1027.html   (568 words)

  
 Appendicitis
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, which is the worm-shaped pouch attached to the cecum, the beginning of the large intestine.
The causes of appendicitis are not well understood, but it is believed to occur as a result of one or more of these factors: an obstruction within the appendix, the development of an ulceration (an abnormal change in tissue accompanied by the death of cells) within the appendix, and the invasion of bacteria.
When appendicitis is strongly suspected in a woman of child-bearing age, a diagnostic laparoscopy (an examination of the interior of the abdomen) is sometimes recommended before the appendectomy in order to be sure that a gynecological problem, such as a ruptured ovarian cyst, is not causing the pain.
www.healthatoz.com /healthatoz/Atoz/ency/appendicitis.jsp   (1286 words)

  
 Appendicitis
Researchers are not sure what causes appendicitis, but think it may be a blockage between the large intestine and appendix, or a viral or bacterial infection.
A diagnosis of appendicitis is based upon a physical examination and the patient’s symptoms.
Appendicitis is treated with surgery to remove the appendix, called an appendectomy.
www.hmc.psu.edu /healthinfo/a/appendicitis.htm   (638 words)

  
 Appendicitis Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine - Find Articles
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, which is the worm-shaped pouch attached to the cecum, the beginning of the large intestine.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency, and if it is left untreated, the appendix may rupture and cause a potentially fatal infection.
Patients whose symptoms and physical examination are compatible with a diagnosis of appendicitis are usually hospitalized and a surgical exploration of the abdomen, called a laparotomy, is done immediately to confirm the diagnosis.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g2603/is_0001/ai_2603000167   (903 words)

  
 Nikon MicroscopyU: Human Pathology Digital Image Gallery - Suppurative Appendicitis (Acute)
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a widely familiar condition that afflicts approximately 7 percent of all Americans at some point in their lives.
Suppurative appendicitis has traditionally been considered a later stage of appendicitis, in which bacteria and inflammatory fluids accumulated in the lumen of the appendix enter the wall of structure and subsequently cause intense pain when the inflamed membrane rubs against the parietal peritoneum lining the abdominal cavity.
Appendicitis is typically treated with the surgical removal of the appendix, known as an appendectomy.
www.microscopyu.com /galleries/pathology/acutesuppurativeappendicitis.html   (599 words)

  
 Understanding Appendicitis
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a 3 1/2-inch-long tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery to remove the appendix.
Appendicitis symptoms are frequently vague or extremely similar to other ailments, including gallbladder problems, bladder or urinary tract infection, Crohn's disease, gastritis, intestinal infection and ovary problems.
www.webmd.com /digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-appendicitis   (784 words)

  
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Appendicitis is an irritation, inflammation, and infection of the appendix (a narrow, hollow tube that branches off the large intestine).
Appendicitis is the most common cause of emergency surgery in childhood.
Appendicitis occurs when the interior of the appendix becomes filled with something that causes it to swell, such as mucus, stool, or parasites.
www.cdh.org /HealthInformation.aspx?pageId=P01981   (1134 words)

  
 Appendicitis Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine - Find Articles
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, which is the worm-shaped pouch attached to the cecum, the beginning of the large intestine.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency, and if it is left untreated, the appendix may rupture and cause a potentially fatal infection.
Patients whose symptoms and physical examination are compatible with a diagnosis of appendicitis are usually hospitalized and a surgical exploration of the abdomen, called a laparotomy, is done immediately to confirm the diagnosis.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g2603/is_0001/ai_2603000167   (903 words)

  
 Appendicitis Information on Healthline
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, which is the small, finger-shaped pouch attached to the beginning of the large intestine on the lower-right side of the abdomen.
Appendicitis is usually caused by a blockage of the inside of the appendix, which is called the lumen.
Appendicitis can also be caused by foreign bodies (e.g., intrauterine device or something swallowed), traumatic abdominal injury, or tumors.
www.healthline.com /galecontent/appendicitis-2   (735 words)

  
 Appendicitis
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix that is usually caused by an obstruction, but may be caused by an infection.
Appendicitis usually occurs following an infection in the digestive tract, or when the tube connecting the large intestine and appendix is blocked by trapped feces or food.
Complications may include recurring appendicitis, inflammation of the abdominal lining, abscess (pus-filled inflamed area), sepsis (poisoning caused by the presence of infectious bacteria in the blood), obstruction of a fallopian tube, infertility, and wound infection.
www.umm.edu /altmed/ConsConditions/Appendicitiscc.html   (1761 words)

  
 Appendicitis - My Child Has - Children's Hospital Boston
Appendicitis is an irritation, inflammation, and infection of the appendix (a narrow, hollow tube that branches off the large intestine).
Appendicitis is the most common cause of emergency surgery in childhood.
Appendicitis occurs when the interior of the appendix becomes filled with something that causes it to swell, such as mucus, stool, or parasites.
www.childrenshospital.org /az/Site2178/mainpageS2178P0.html   (1075 words)

  
 Appendicitis
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a small portion of the large intestine that hangs down from the lower right side.
Appendicitis may occur after a viral infection in the digestive tract or when the tube connecting the large intestine and appendix is blocked by trapped stool.
The doctor bases an appendicitis diagnosis on symptoms, a physical exam, blood tests to check for signs of infection such as a high white blood cell count, and urine tests to rule out a urinary tract infection.
healthlink.mcw.edu /article/956611092.html   (374 words)

  
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Appendicitis is the inflammation of appendix supposedly due to narrowing of this lumen.
Appendicitis is also the most common cause of acute abdomen.
He may remove the appendix anyway because it is better to remove a normal-appearing appendix than to miss mild case of appendicitis.
www.geocities.com /appendicitis_disease   (2776 words)

  
 Appendicitis information (symptoms, diagnosis, treatment) written by medical doctors
An alternative theory for the cause of appendicitis is an initial rupture of the appendix followed by spread of bacteria outside the appendix..
The patients then may come to the doctor long after the episode of appendicitis with a lump or a mass in the right lower abdomen that is due to the scarring that occurs during healing.
A feared complication of appendicitis is sepsis, a condition in which infecting bacteria enter the blood and travel to other parts of the body.
www.medicinenet.com /appendicitis/article.htm   (742 words)

  
 Appendicitis - MayoClinic.com
Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus.
The main symptom of appendicitis is pain that typically begins around the navel and then shifts to the lower right abdomen.
Appendicitis is one of the most common reasons for emergency abdominal surgery in children.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/appendicitis/DS00274   (288 words)

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