Appendicits is inflammation of the appendix and is usually caused by an obstruction in the appendix. This obstruction is often due to either a buildup of fecal matter that blocks the opening of the appendix, or the result of an enlarged lymphoid follicles, worms, trauma or tumors. When an obstruction in your appendix occurs, bacteria will also multiply inside the organ. This will cause it to become swollen, inflamed and filled with pus.
Classifications of Appendicitis
Appendicitis can be classified as either acute or chronic. They are differentiated based on the severity, duration and how it begins to manifest.
Acute Appendicitis is the more common kind. It develops rapidly, usually in a span of several days or hours. Acute appendicitis is easily detected and it requires immediate medical treatment. People suffering from this needs to undergo surgery as soon as possible to prevent the appendix from rupturing. If that happens, it may result to complications like sepsis, peritonitis or gangrene.
Chronic Appendicitis on the other hand is a rare condition. This occurs when the appendiceal lumen is only partially obstructed. The inflammation can last for a long period and will worsen overtime. This causes internal pressure to buildup. However, instead bursting out, the pressure from the partial obstruction will help the contents to move out of the pouch; allowing symptoms to subside or even disappear.
Abdominal pain is the hallmark symptom of appendicitis. The pain usually starts around the navel and then moves to the lower right area of the stomach. The pain intensifies over the hours and becomes very severe.
Other symptoms are as follows:
An Appendicectomy is a surgery performed on a person who is suffering from appendicitis. This may be done either as an open surgery or as laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Whether you are experiencing acute or chronic appendicitis, it is important to consider that any surgical interventions may have potential complications.
Here at Colorectal Practice, our Colorectal Surgeon, Dr. Dennis Koh can help you understand everything you need to know about Appendicitis. If you have further questions, feel free to contact out clinic at 6262 1226.