A to Z: Appendicitisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgAppendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, and requires surgery.appendix, appendicitis, inflammation, distended abdomen, abdominal pain, intestinal infections, gastroenteritis, appendix burst, abscess, emergency surgery, a to z, glossary, dictionary, definitions, emergency, emergencies10/26/201203/18/201909/02/2019d5c67fa7-b54f-409b-9a2c-1305a8822918https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-appendicitis.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/appendicitis.html/">Appendicitis</a> is an inflammation of the appendix, and requires surgery.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The appendix is a tube-shaped piece of tissue, the size of a finger, that connects to the large intestine at the lower right side of the abdomen. The inside of the appendix forms a pouch that opens to the large intestine.</p> <p>Appendicitis can happen when the opening of the appendix to the large intestine gets blocked. Blockage can be due to hard rock-like stool (called a fecolith), inflammation of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/spleen-lymphatic.html/">lymph</a> nodes in the intestines, or even parasites. Once the appendix is blocked, it becomes inflamed and bacteria can overgrow in it.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Appendicitis requires immediate medical attention. If the infected appendix is not removed, it can eventually burst or rupture as soon as 24 to 72 hours after symptoms start.</p> <p>If you think someone in your family has appendicitis, call your doctor immediately and don't give the person&nbsp;any pain medication or anything to eat or drink unless instructed to by the doctor.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
AppendicitisAppendicitis requires immediate medical attention, so it's important to know its symptoms. The earlier it's caught, the easier it is to treat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/appendicitis.html/fcb8ef1e-0659-4a9d-a042-11f4d283f63e
Ultrasound: AbdomenDoctors order abdominal ultrasounds when they're concerned about symptoms such as abdominal pain, repeated vomiting, abnormal liver or kidney function tests, or a swollen belly.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ultrasound-abdomen.html/33055ca9-f928-4031-a2c2-190faf1cbabe