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Appendicitis

Definition and Facts for Appendicitis

​Appendicitis is inflammation of your appendix.

Symptoms & Causes of Appendicitis

The most common symptom of appendicitis is pain in your abdomen.

Diagnosis of Appendicitis

Health care professionals can diagnose most cases of appendicitis by taking your medical history, performing a physical exam, and through an imaging test.

Treatment for Appendicitis
Doctors typically treat appendicitis with antibiotics and surgery to remove the appendix.​
Eating, Diet, and Nutrition for Appendicitis
Researchers have not found that eating, diet, and nutrition cause or prevent appendicitis.
Clinical Trials for Appendicitis
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct and support basic and clinical research into many digestive disorders.​​
Your Digestive System and How It Works

The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract-also called the digestive tract-and the liver, pancreas, and the gallbladder. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus.

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