Appendicitis is inflammation (swelling) and infection of your appendix. The appendix is a small finger-shaped organ attached to your large intestine.
The appendix is an organ that doesn’t have a necessary function. You don't need your appendix to live a healthy life.
Appendicitis is most common in teens and young adults and rare before the age of 1
Symptoms include belly pain (usually in the lower right belly), low fever (100 to 101° F [37.7° to 38.3° C]), and throwing up
It can be hard for doctors to tell if your child has appendicitis or another problem—they'll do blood tests and ultrasound
Appendicitis is a medical emergency and your child will need surgery
Appendicitis sometimes happens when the appendix is blocked either by:
Regardless of what's blocking it, the appendix swells and bacteria grow. If it isn't treated, the appendix can break open cause infection inside your belly (called peritonitis).
Doctors treat appendicitis by doing surgery to remove the appendix (appendectomy). Untreated appendicitis can be deadly.
The best time to operate is before the appendix bursts. If the appendix has already burst, the doctor: