Appendicitis: Symptom and Causes


Signs and symptoms of appendicitis may include:
Aching pain that begins around your navel and often shifts to your lower right abdomen
Tenderness that occurs when you apply pressure to your lower right abdomen
Pain that worsens if you cough, walk or make other jarring movements
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite                 
  • Low-grade fever
  • Constipation
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal swelling


The cause of appendicitis is not always clear. Sometimes appendicitis can occur as a result of:
  • An obstruction- Small piece of feces get trapped in appendix and cause a blockage
  • An infection- Appendicitis may also follow an infection, such as a gastrointestinal viral infection, or it may result from other types of inflammation.
In both cases, bacteria inside the appendix multiply rapidly, causing the appendix to become inflamed, swollen and filled with pus. If not treated promptly, the appendix can rupture.

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