Apendix

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  • Topic: Appendicitis, Large intestine, Inflammation
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  • Published : May 20, 2013
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Appendicitis Presentation

Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix. The appendix is a finger like pouch attached to the large intestine and located in the lower right area of the abdomen. Scientists are not sure what the appendix does, if anything, but removing it does not appear to affect a person's health. The inside of the appendix is called the appendiceal lumen. Mucus created by the appendix travels through the appendiceal lumen and empties into the large intestine. Obstruction of the lumen causes appendicitis. Mucus backs up, causing a bacterium that normally lives inside the appendix to multiply. As a result, the appendix swells and becomes infected. An inflamed appendix will likely burst if not removed. Bursting spreads infection throughout the abdomen. Anyone can get appendicitis, but it is more common among the ages 10 to 30 years olds. The main symptom of appendicitis is abdominal pain. Begins near the belly button and then moves lower and to the right of the stomach, gets worse when moving around, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Typically, appendicitis is treated by removing the appendix. If appendicitis is suspected, a doctor will often suggest surgery without conducting extensive diagnostic testing. Prompt surgery decreases the likelihood the appendix will burst. Full recovery from surgery takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

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The system I choose to do was the digestive system and the disease in it I did was appendicitis. I choose appendicitis because I know of it from personal experience and wanted to research more about it. Appendicitis is one of the major serious diseases of the intestines. It is an inflammation of the vermiform appendix, a 3 1/2-inch-long tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine. No one is absolutely certain what...
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