Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed and is often extremely painful. It’s most commonly seen in people from ages 10 to 30. It does require immediate care and can result in surgery which removes the appendix. If this isn’t treated quickly, the appendix can rupture and cause severe infection – which can be life threatening.
Symptoms can vary from person to person, and abdominal pain can often mirror other illnesses, such as constipation, inflammatory bowel disease and other abdominal issues. If you believe that you or a family member or child is dealing with appendicitis, go as soon as possible to an emergency department to have a medical evaluation performed by a qualified provider.
This list is not inclusive of all possible medical emergencies. If you have recently had abdominal or weight loss surgery, are pregnant and are experiencing any of the symptoms above, or are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.