Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and infected. The appendix is a small, tube-like organ that is attached to the large intestine. While the exact function of the appendix is not fully understood, it is believed to be involved in the immune system.

Appendicitis typically begins with pain near the belly button that eventually moves to the lower right side of the abdomen. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and a fever. If not treated promptly, the appendix can rupture and cause infection to spread throughout the abdomen. This can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Treatment for appendicitis typically involves surgical removal of the appendix.

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Causes of appendicitis

Treatment for appendicitis

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