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Acute Appendicitis Part 1 – Definition, Anatomy and Epidemiology

Acute Appendicitis Part 1 – Definition, Anatomy and Epidemiology

Narrator: So first of all, what is acute appendicitis? Well, it’s defined as inflammation of the vermiform appendix; however, this inflammatory process may extend beyond the appendix to affect the adjacent colon. For those of you who aren’t aware, the appendix is named vermiform due to its resemblance to a

9 Symptoms of Appendicitis

9 Symptoms of Appendicitis

9 Symptoms of Appendicitis. Appendicitis occurs when your appendix, a worm-shaped pouch attached to the large intestine, becomes inflamed. It can be life threatening if the appendix bursts, but doctors usually remove it surgically before this happens. A diagnosis can be tricky, however, says Michael Payne, MD, a gastroenterologist with

Acute Appendicitis Part 2 – Aetiology, Pathophysiology and Presentation

Acute Appendicitis Part 2 – Aetiology, Pathophysiology and Presentation

Narrator: The underlying trigger for appendicitis happening, is the obstruction of the appendix lumen. This can happen due to various reasons, however, the most common is as a result of faecoliths becoming lodged in the lumen. Faecoliths are essentially hard bits of faeces. But because we like to make things