Appendicitis

The appendix is a small pouch, approximately 5-10 cm long and it is connected to the large intestine.

No one really knows what the appendix does, in most people it causes no trouble so is just left alone. However, if you notice some pain in the middle of your tummy that comes and goes, if the pain worsens and then moves down to the lower right-hand side of your tummy and becomes more constant, this could be appendicitis.

If you press on the area and it makes it worse or the pain intensifies when you cough or walk, this could also indicate appendicitis, you may experience nausea and vomiting, lose your appetite, have a high temperature and a flushed face, and have diarrhoea or constipation.

It is not totally clear what causes appendicitis, but in many cases, it is caused by a blockage at the entrance of the appendix. A small piece of faeces could cause a blockage, or an upper respiratory tract infection could cause a lymph node to become swollen within the wall of the bowel.

Appendicitis is a common condition. It is said there are about 50,000 people admitted to the hospital each year with confirmed appendicitis. It can happen at any age but is most common in young people, between the ages of 10 and 20 years old.

There are many things that appendicitis can be confused with such as:

Irritable bowel syndrome, Bladder or urine infections, a pelvic infection, Crohn’s disease, or gastroenteritis.

If you are worried and would like to book in for a private abdominal scan at Ultrasound care, please do not hesitate to contact us https://www.ultrasound-care.co.uk/contact-us/ we will endeavour to get you booked in as soon as possible.

Our private abdominal scans can help to try and identify the problems that are occurring. The overall procedure should take no more than 30-45 minutes. The procedure should not feel uncomfortable, the transducer may press slightly on the abdomen but that is all.

When finished a report will be compiled for you to take to your GP and follow up on. Currently, we can normally get you an appointment with a couple of days, sometimes even on the same day.

Why not book in for your private abdominal scan today! Or call us, we have clinics based in Birmingham 0121 507 9901, Bromsgrove 01527 910228, and London 020 8640 7444. Our friendly and professional team will be waiting for your call.

Appendicitis