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Pronunciation:  u`pendi'sItis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  inflammation of the vermiform appendix

APPENDICITIS is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: inflammation, redness, rubor



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap*pend`i*ci"tis\, n. (Med.)
Inflammation of the vermiform appendix.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Acute appendicitis is the unrelenting inflammation of the appendix, usually resulting in rupture, if not treated by appendectomy.
Biology Dictionary
  1. This is surgery to remove the appendix because of confirmed or suspected infection of the appendix (appendicitis). In the procedure, an incision about 5 centimeters long is made in the right lower abdomen. The intestine is examined and the appendix is found. Even if the appendix is not inflamed, it will be removed, unless there is some reason not to do so. The abdominal wall is then closed by suturing together the layers.

    If there is some reason that surgical removal of the appendix is not possible (e.g. lack of proper facilities), the patient is put on antibiotics and everyone waits for either the appendicitis to subside or for surgery to become possible.

    The surgery carries with it anesthesia risks as well as the risk of infection and bleeding.

    The consequences of not having the treatment include rupture (perforation) of the appendix, which can lead to infection of the inside lining of the abdominal wall (peritonitis). Peritonitis not only increases the length of hospital stay and need for further treatment, but also increases the chance of wide-spread bacterial infection (sepsis), which can be fatal.

  2. This is the inflammation of the appendix. Early pain is around the umbilicus (belly button), later pain is localized in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen; the associated symptoms are nausea and vomiting. Diagnosis is based on the clinical progress, examination and laboratory findings of elevated white blood cells. Once diagnosed and if facility is available, appendectomy is suggested.
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