Medical  Explorer

Custom Search

Drugs A to Z  :  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z
Medicinal Ingredients : A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Beauty Products : A  B  C  D  E  F  G  I  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  V

Aging      Allergies     Alzheimer's      Arthritis    Asthma      Bacteria   new Cancer    Chickenpox     Colds     Constipation      Diabetes      Epilepsy     Fatigue     Fever     Genetics       Haemorrhoids       newHeadaches      Hepatitis    Immunity      Infection      Insomnia       Leprosy       Menopause      Obesity      Osteoporosis     Other Diseases    Pain      PMS     Parasites     Sinusitis     newStroke     Toxicology    Urology

<<Prev

Next>>




Arthritis medications
Acupuncture
Alcohol
Patients
newGeneral Health
Medicinal food
Chinese medicine
Nutrients
Smoking
Vitamins
OTC Drugs
Health Products
Therapy
Symptom
Parasitology
 
 
Appendicitis

An acute inflammation of the appendix ( appendicitis ) can happen at any age. But the teenage years are among the most vulnerable.

The appendix is part of the intestine - a blind-ending tube, in the right, lower part of the abdomen. When this becomes inflamed, it does so acutely. There is no such thing as a 'grumbling' appendix- it is either inflamed or it is not. And when it is acutely inflamed, urgent surgical treatment is vital.

Signs and symptoms of appendicitis

There will he a sudden onset of abdominal pain, usually starting in the centre, and later moving towards the right, lower part of the abdomen. This pattern is not invariable in children, however. Often, the pain will not be localized into the right lower part of the abdomen, remaining central instead, but the pain will he severe and continuous.

Vomiting will also occur and, in children, usually diarrhoea is also present. There may also he a fever, and the child will feel very unwell.

Appendicitis is difficult to diagnose accurately - especially if only some of the classical features are present. So do not attempt diagnosis yourself. If in any doubt about the cause of your child's abdominal pain, contact your doctor at once. Far better an unnecessary consultation than a seriously ill child with a burst appendix. ( This can occur if treatment is not given within twenty-four hours. Peritonitis - inflammation of the lining of the abdominal cavity - will then occur, and this is a life-threatening condition. )

Treatment for appendicitis

This involves surgical removal of the appendix, under a general anaesthetic. A stay of a few days in hospital is necessary following this operation and the stitches will be removed seven to ten days after the operation. Recovery, particularly in this young age group, is swift and complete.

Appendicitis is a condition of which everyone has heard and mothers have it at the back of their minds when their child complains of 'tummy-ache'. If you are in any doubt about the cause of your child's abdominal pain, never hesitate to contact your doctor. Circumstances under which you should contact your doctor if you child has 'tummy-ache' are as follows:

1 If the pain has been present continuously for more than three hours.

2 If there is associated diarrhoea and vomiting.

3 If your child says that the pain is 'different' from a usual tummy-ache.

     
     

( 10 - 16 years )

Acne

Anorexia Nervosa

Appendicitis

Glandular Fever

Headaches

Menstrual Problems

Osteochondrosis

Tics, or habit spasms

Warts and Verrucae

Children's Rashes

Hyperactivity

 

Common Childhood Illnesses 1

Common Childhood Illnesses 2

 

 

Abdomen
Blood
Bone
Breast
Ear

Eye

Face
Hair

Head

Heart
Kidney
Liver
Limbs
Lungs
newMind
Mouth
Muscles
Nails

Neck

newNerves
Nose

Skin

Teeth

Throat

Tongue
 
Health news
 
Cardiovascular Guide
 
Natural Remedies
 
Treatment of Cancer
 
Women's Health
 
Irritable bowel syndrome
 
Common Childhood Illnesses
 
Prescribed Drugs
 
 

     

 

Disclaimer