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Appendicitis is one of the causes of serious belly pain. It happens
when the appendix, a part of the large intestine, becomes infected and
Appendicitis is most common in people between the ages of 10 and
30, although it can occur at any age. Common symptoms of appendicitis
infection gets worse, the wall of the appendix can break open (rupture). This
spreads infection into the belly area, causing peritonitis. Peritonitis is a
serious condition that, in rare cases, can lead to death.
The main treatment for appendicitis is surgery to remove the appendix (appendectomy).
Current as of:
August 6, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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