Table of contents:
- What is the appendix for?
- Why does appendicitis appear?
- Symptoms of the "acute abdomen"
- Why is appendicitis dangerous?
Appendicitis is an inflammation of a small appendix that protects our bodies and signals problems.
The appendix (the organ that causes appendicitis) is an appendix that is located at the junction near the navel. The most common site of the appendix is the right iliac region in the abdomen. Why the most common? It's just that it can sometimes shift.
What is the appendix for?
We know from the school biology course that the appendix is a vestigial organ. Simply put, it, like the earlobe, is no longer needed by our body.
However, if we wear earrings on the lobes, then the appendix is still not as useless as we might think.
The appendix is a part of the body's immune system that protects our body. It also produces hormones and is an endocrine gland during fetal development.
Under the influence of some factors, it can become inflamed and cause appendicitis.
Why does appendicitis appear?
One of the most common causes of inflammation of the appendix is frequent constipation, intestinal parasites, undigested food, or hardened stool.
Weak immunity and complications from upper respiratory tract diseases, severe stress or abdominal trauma can also cause inflammation of the appendix.
The most striking symptom of appendicitis is the so-called "acute abdomen" symptom. Let's find out what it is.
Symptoms of the "acute abdomen"
Acute stomach is the medical name for appendicitis. It just manifests itself as a sharp pain in the abdominal region.
The symptoms of appendicitis are as follows:
- severe pain in the solar plexus area;
- nausea, vomiting;
- temperature rise up to 38 degrees;
- dyspepsia - constipation, loose stools and dark urine.
Why is appendicitis dangerous?
Of course, the symptoms of an "acute abdomen" may go away and not become a reason for surgery. However, appendicitis has its own risks.
Appendicitis is dangerous if:
- the pain does not go away for several hours;
- constant vomiting, which does not make it easier;
- body temperature only increases;
- pain even when touching the skin.
These symptoms may indicate rupture of the walls of the appendix - this leads to the spread of infection and pertonitis. In this case, an urgent operation is needed.
In the most extreme cases, even death is possible.
In 99 percent of cases, inflammation of the appendix is resolved by urgent surgery. Therefore, if you notice at least one of these symptoms, urgently call an ambulance.