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An Inflammation or
Infection of the Appendix

Appendix pain refers to the inflammation or infection of the appendix, a small tube-shaped organ in the lower right abdomen. This condition, known as appendicitis, commonly causes severe pain that starts around the belly button and migrates to the lower right side. Other symptoms may include fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and tenderness in the abdomen. Prompt medical attention is crucial to prevent complications.

Common Symptoms of Appendix Pain:

  • Sharp pain in the lower right abdomen
  • Pain that starts around the belly button and moves to the lower right side
  • Increased pain with movement or coughing
  • Swelling or bloating of the abdomen
  • Difficulty passing gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Fatigue or general malaise
  • Low-grade fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tenderness or sensitivity when touching the right side of the abdomen

Potential Causes of Appendix Pain:

  • Appendicitis: Inflammation of the appendix due to blockage by stool, infection, or objects.
  • Appendiceal abscess: Formation of a localized collection of pus around the appendix.
  • Appendiceal tumor: Growth or mass in the appendix, which can cause pain.
  • Gastrointestinal infections: Certain bacterial or viral infections can affect the appendix.
  • Appendiceal perforation: Rupture or tearing of the appendix.
  • Abdominal trauma: Injury or trauma to the abdomen can lead to appendix pain.
  • Gynecological conditions: Conditions like ovarian cysts or pelvic inflammatory disease can cause referred pain in the appendix.
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases: Conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis may involve the appendix and result in pain.

Treatment Options for Appendix Pain

Treatment for appendix pain typically involves surgical intervention, such as robotic or laparoscopic removal of the inflamed appendix. However, the specific approach may vary based on individual consultations and treatment plans. In some cases, medication and other medical modalities may be recommended. At Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, our surgical specialist, Dr. Moore, and her team provide evaluation and personalized treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs.

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Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by board-certified surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Moore, offers expert evaluation and personalized treatment for appendix pain. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Moore provides exceptional care at our Stone Ridge location. Don’t delay seeking help for your symptoms. Schedule a consultation to receive the specialized appendix pain treatments and care you deserve.

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