Signs of Appendicitis

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a worm-shaped structure that protrudes from the initial section of the colon or large intestine. The appendicitis does not always show clear symptoms reason that produces confusions with the symptoms presented by other diseases like gynecologic disorders which only delays the diagnosis of this disease.

Acute appendicitis is the most frequent abdominal surgical emergency in childhood and can happen at any age but is most common between seven and ten years and outstanding before two years.

A surgical operation is referred to as appendectomy is the early removal of the appendix, the first appendectomies were performed in the late nineteenth century, but the appendix was discovered in the sixteenth century because of some deaths from appendicitis.

The symptoms and signs of appendicitis have been classically described in an order which is known as Murphy's patocronia. Despite it, this order is not respected very often, just in fifty percent of the patients, which only makes more difficult the diagnostic of the disease.

  • A pain that begins on the epigastrium (the higher area of the abdomen) or in the periumbilical region (in the middle of the abdomen or the area of the belly), this is an intense and continuous pain which is very similar to the pain caused by a colic. This pain occurs at the bottom right of the "belly", the pain occurs when walking, running, talking, coughing, that is, to do everything, consequently there is a common bitterness all repetitive pain also increases pain if we squeeze the area and then let go.
  • Nauseas and vomits. Appendicitis occurs causing great nausea and vomiting, general malaise in the sufferer.
  • The pain irradiates to the right side of the abdomen and finally it is localized in the right lower quadrant (lower right area of the abdomen) in a continuous way.
  • High fever: The fever rises to a high amount, up to 38 -39 degrees Celsius, but can go higher.
  • Common symptoms of a cold: Appendicitis is accompanied by symptoms common to a cold, ie by pain and / or discomfort that you pass to a cold or a cold.
  • Lack of appetite: The patient suffering from appendicitis appetite, this is a lack of desire to eat, and in some cases, insomnia widespread.

If any of the symptoms appears before any other, in other words if these symptoms appear in disorder they can mistake the diagnostic of the disease, fever is present in almost all kinds of appendicitis.

The involvement of appendicitis in the age range is between twenty and thirty years, the rate of impact is about thirteen or fourteen percent in men and twenty-two percent women, the mortality rate is less than one percent, so we can figure out that this is not really a dangerous condition over the lack of treatment but this could be very harmful.

Contrary to what might be thought affected the rate of appendicitis is higher in developed countries or wealthy classes, which in developing countries and / or developing or poorer classes.


Signs of Appendicitis in Children