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Word! Appendicitis

Appendicitis

Say: uh-pen-di-SYE-tis

When a person's appendix gets inflamed (swells up), it's called appendicitis. Sometimes this happens after there is an infection in the intestine. Other times, something causes a blockage in the appendix. And sometimes there isn't a clear reason why it happens. If someone has appendicitis, the appendix will need to be taken out during an operation called an appendectomy.

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