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A condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus, causing pain.
The appendix is a pouch-like structure attached at the start of the large intestine that has no known purpose.
Appendicitis begins with fever and pain near the belly button and then moves toward the lower-right side of the abdomen.
This is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever and chills.
Appendicitis is usually treated with antibiotics and surgery is required within 24 hours of its diagnosis.
If untreated, the appendix can rupture and cause an abscess or systemic infection (sepsis).
The most telltale symptom of appendicitis is a sudden, sharp pain that starts on the right side of your lower abdomen.
It may also start near your belly button and then move lower to your right.
The pain may feel like a cramp at first, and it may get worse when you cough, sneeze, or move.
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