Appendicitis Cheat Sheet

Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. It’s the most common major surgical emergency. More precisely, this disorder is an inflammation of the vermiform appendix, a small, fingerlike projection attached to the cecum just below the ileocecal valve. The appendix may harbor good bacteria that protect the gut and play a role in the immune system.


What causes it

Causes of appendicitis include:
 Mucosal ulceration
 Fecal mass (fecalith)
 Barium ingestion
 Viral infection.

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