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Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Both children and adults can suffer from appendicitis. If untreated the appendix can perforate, causing the release of infectious material in the body, which can be life threatening.

Symptoms and causes of appendicitis

Common symptoms of appendicitis include sharp pain in the abdomen, loss of appetite, fever, severe cramps, diarrhoea and nausea.

It is believed that the main cause of appendicitis is an obstruction of the appendix. The blockage can eventually lead to necrosis giving bacteria and opportunity to cause infection. The blockages is typically calcified faecal deposits.

Diagnosis is typically based on a clinical examination and this can be supported by ultrasound and/or CT scan.

Typically the main cure for an appendicitis has been surgery, but more recently other interventions – namely antibiotics have been tried.

The evidence base, clinical trials, studies etc.

Experts have believed for a long time that the appendix has little purpose in the human body as it shows no negative affects to the body once removed, thus the human body can function perfectly fine without it. However, extensive appendicitis research concludes that the appendix protects good bacteria in the gut. Clinical trials and case studies are ongoing to help understand appendicitis.

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