Appendicitis – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention


Don’t ignore that acute pain on the lower right side of your abdomen. Chances are your appendix is desperately looking for some immediate medical attention.

Although God has created everything for a reason but some things, sometimes, are of less importance and their utility comes with a shelf life. Similar is the case with this 3.5 inch long, worm-shaped tubal organ located at the base of our large intestine in the abdomen. No one exactly and certainly knows the function of this organ, but in all probability we can LIVE without it and that’s why it is called a vestigial (anything that doesn’t seem to serve a useful purpose) organ.

What the disease is like: Appendicitis is a condition when the appendix becomes inflamed, infected and gradually fills up with pus. If left untreated, the appendix can burst and its contents will spill in the abdominal cavity leading to a grave situation.

Who gets it: Appendicitis is a common diseased condition and anyone can get affected with it. Teenagers and young adults are more prone to developing it.

What causes it: There is a narrow lumen running through the length of appendix. Sometimes it gets blocked, mostly by stool, a foreign body, or even with cancer. Blockage may also occur from infection, as the appendix swells in response to any infection in the body.

Symptoms: The classical symptoms of appendicitis can include:

    • Usually the first sign is a dull pain near the navel (belly button) or the upper abdomen that gradually becomes sharp as it radiates towards the lower right abdomen
    • Nausea and/or vomiting follow soon after the abdominal pain begins
    • Loss of appetite
    • Abdominal distension
    • Fever around 99-102 °F
    • Inability to pass gas

Other symptoms accompanying can be,

  • Dull/sharp pain anywhere in the abdomen, back, or rectum
  • Pain in passing urine
  • Vomiting that precedes abdominal pain
  • Severe cramps in and around abdomen
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Treatment: Appendectomy, a surgical procedure to remove appendix, is the standard treatment for appendicitis once the infection sets in and the diagnosis is confirmed.

Prevention: There is no way to prevent appendicitis except regular preventive health checkups as that is the only way to catch hold and see how your internal organs and systems are working. Indus Health Plus has designed multiple preventive health checkup packages for all phases of your life.

However, appendicitis is less seen in people who eat high fiber diet. Though the precise connect is not exactly known, but one possible reason can be that fibre makes the stool softer and hence reduces the chances of it getting stuck in the appendix.