If the appendix becomes infected (appendicitis), the infected appendix must be surgically removed (emergency appendectomy) before a hole develops in the appendix (perforation) and spreads the infection to the entire abdominal space (peritonitis).
Symptoms of acute appendicitis include:
The doctor will:
If your doctors are uncertain about the diagnosis, they can perform a computed tomography (CT) scan to see if the appendix is inflamed.
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