What is appendicitis?

The appendix is a small, finger-like pouch that hangs off of the large intestine. When the appendix becomes swollen and infected, doctors call that appendicitis. Appendicitis usually feels like a stomachache, so it can be hard to recognize and diagnose. It is most common in children between 8-16 years of age, but children of any age can get it. Boys get appendicitis a bit more often than girls.

If appendicitis is not treated it can be very serious and even deadly. This condition is treated by removing the appendix. This surgery is called an appendectomy. If the infected appendix isn't removed in time, it can burst and spread infection throughout the abdomen. So if your child has appendicitis, surgery is performed as soon as possible. The surgery is very common and our surgeons have done the surgery many times.

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