The appendix is a small tube that extends from the large intestine. The appendix may have been necessary thousands of years ago, but is no longer required for digestion. The inflammation of the appendix is called appendicitis.
Appendicitis treatment has been practiced and perfected over the last few hundred years. The first appendectomy, the removal of the appendix, was performed in 1735 by English surgeon Claudius Amyand on an 11 year old boy. The first diagnosis of appendicitis was about 150 years later in 1880 by Robert Lawson Tait. The term appendectomy was coined by Reginald Heber Fitz in 1886. Treatment for appendicitis has come a long way since the time of these doctors, but they provided a great base for modern treatment.
There are many symptoms of appendicitis, mostly involving the abdominal area. Most people with appendicitis experience pain in the lower right area of the abdomen that gets progressively worse as time goes on. Low grade fevers, loss of appetite and swelling of the abdomen are also common symptoms of appendicitis. Less common symptoms include painful urination, cramps and vomiting after abdominal pain. Anyone with these symptoms should get immediate medical treatment instead of trying to treat it with home remedies, as these could make the appendicitis worse.
Doctors come up with a few tests to test a patient for appendicitis. The easiest test to perform is the physical test. In this test, a doctor applies pressure to the painful area to see your reactions, like tightening the abdomen muscles in an attempt to guard the appendix. Blood tests are also given to check a patient’s white blood cell count. A high count might indicate an infection. Urine tests may also be run to make sure kidney stones or a ur...
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