How Does Your Appendix Get Inflamed?

How does your appendix get inflamed? Appendicitis is the inflammation of the appendix. Symptoms start with abdominal pain starting at the navel and radiating to the right of the abdomen. The person needs to go to the hospital for treatment.

  1. Feces Blocking Appendix. When a person suffers from constipation for long periods of time his or her appendix may become filled with feces and therefore swell and become inflamed.  The inflammation will need to be treated by removal of the appendix. Pain will occur with the inflammation of the appendix as well as nausea and vomiting because of the pressure of non-movement of the feces near and inside the appendix.
  2. Foreign Object. Foreign objects may block the appendix. The reason this occurs is because a person may swallow a hardened piece of plastic in food and it may get stuck in the large intestine moving into the appendix. By blocking the appendix the appendix will become irritated and inflamed. Although a foreign object may be considered a non-food item the person may not know he or she has swallowed the object. Inflammation of the appendix needs to be treated because it may become serious.
  3. Growth in Intestine.  A growth may occur near the appendix causing a delay in the function of the mobility of the large intestine known as the colon. When this occurs the appendix, which is a finger like pouch will become irritated and inflamed by the blockage caused by the growth. Food that is undigested may accumulated near and in the appendix causing it to become and remain inflamed. The only way to determine the extent of the problem is by ultrasound of the abdominal wall.
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