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What is appendicitis?
Appendicitis is an infection resulting from obstruction of the lumen of the appendix from either fecal matter or sometimes a tumor. The appendix is part of the intestine and is connected to the right side of the colon.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Anorexia
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Right sided lower abdominal pain/tenderness

What is the risk?
When the lumen of the appendix gets obstructed (appendicitis), the appendix may perforate resulting in peritonitis.

How is it diagnosed?
Usually by clinical history and exam. Ultrasound and CT scans may also aid in the diagnosis.

How is it treated?
Surgery is recommended in all cases. If diagnosed early, it may be treated by removal of the appendix. We have experience performing this operation laparoscopically.

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