Helene Fuld College of Nursing
March 20, 2014
The appendix is small close-ended narrow tube that attaches to the first part of the colon, also known as the cecum. It is located in the lower right part of your abdomen. Although medical researchers know where the appendix is, the purpose it serves in our body is still unknown because the removal causes no noticeable symptoms (Mohan, 2010). Appendicitis is defined as the inflammation of the appendix. It is a condition in which your appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus ("Appendicitis," 2009). There are many possible causes of appendicitis such as; blockage of the appendix due to swelling of the lymphatic tissue, buildup of mucus or stool entering the appendix, or bacteria invading the wall of the appendix (Mohan, 2010). Once the symptoms begin, there is no known medical solution, so appendicitis is treated very seriously and is considered a medical emergency. If treated right away, sufferers of appendicitis will in most cases recover without any adverse reactions. If there is a delay in treatment, the appendix can burst which can cause serious infection, and in some cases death. Appendicitis is the most common acute surgical procedure performed on the abdomen (Mohan, 2010). Anyone can develop appendicitis and it is unpreventable, although studies have shown it is less common in people who have a high fiber diet. It is most common between 10 and 30 years old ("Appendicitis," 2009). Appendicitis is more common in boys than in girls, and can run in some families. The first initial symptom of appendicitis is abdominal pain. The pain begins poorly localized or not confined to one spot and patients are unable pinpoint a specific point of the abdomen that hurts ("Appendicitis," 2009). Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, aching pains, low grade fever, diarrhea, and tender abdomen are all also very common...
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