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Appendicitis

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Introduction
Appendicitis is a painful swelling of the appendix, a finger-like pouch connected to the large intestine.
Symptoms of appendicitis
Appendicitis typically starts with a pain in the middle of your abdomen (tummy) that may come and go.
Diagnosing appendicitis
Appendicitis can be tricky to diagnose unless you have the typical symptoms, which are only present in about half of all cases.
Treating appendicitis
If you have appendicitis, your appendix will usually need to be removed as soon as possible. This operation is known as an appendectomy or appendicectomy.
Complications of appendicitis
If appendicitis is not treated, the appendix can burst and cause potentially life-threatening infections.
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