appendicitis


appendicitis
n.
inflammation of the vermiform appendix. Acute appendicitis, which became common in the 20th century, usually affects young people. The chief symptom is abdominal pain, first central and later (with tenderness) in the right lower abdomen, over the appendix. Unusual positions of the appendix may cause pain in different sites, leading to difficulty in diagnosis. Vomiting and diarrhoea sometimes occur, but fever is slight. If not treated by surgical removal (appendicectomy) the condition usually progresses to cause an abscess or generalized peritonitis. Conditions that mimic appendicitis include mesenteric lymphadenitis, acute ileitis (see Crohn's disease), pyelonephritis, and pneumonia. Chronic appendicitis was a popular diagnosis 20–50 years ago to explain recurrent pains in the lower abdomen. It is rare, and appendicectomy will not usually cure such pains.

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  • Appendicitis — Classification and external resources An acutely inflamed and enlarged appendix, sliced lengthwise. ICD 10 K …   Wikipedia

  • Appendicitis — Ap*pend i*ci tis, n. (Med.) Inflammation of the vermiform appendix. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Appendicītis — (lat.), s. Blinddarmentzündung …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Appendicitis — vgl. Appendizitis …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • appendicitis — (n.) 1886, from Latin stem of APPENDIX (Cf. appendix) + ITIS (Cf. itis) …   Etymology dictionary

  • appendicitis — ► NOUN ▪ inflammation of the appendix …   English terms dictionary

  • appendicitis — ☆ appendicitis [ə pen΄də sīt′is ] n. [< APPENDIX + ITIS] inflammation of the vermiform appendix …   English World dictionary

  • Appendicitis — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 K35 K38 Krankheiten der Appendix …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • appendicitis — Inflammation of the vermiform appendix. [appendix + G. itis, inflammation] actinomycotic a. chronic suppurative a. due to infection by Actinomyces israelii. acute a. acute …   Medical dictionary

  • appendicitis — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ acute ▪ suspected … OF APPENDICITIS ▪ case VERB + APPENDICITIS ▪ have …   Collocations dictionary


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