Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch that projects from the colon on the lower right side of the abdomen.
Appendicitis causes pain in the lower right abdomen. However, in most people, the pain begins around the belly button and then travels. As the inflammation worsens, the pain from appendicitis usually increases and eventually becomes severe.
Although anyone can get appendicitis, it most often occurs in people between the ages of 10 and 30. The standard treatment is surgical removal of the appendix.
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