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Appendicitis is the infection of the appendix, a small section of the large intestine. Infection can arise if the appendix becomes blocked by stool, a foreign body, or cancer. Although it can occur at any age, appendicitis is rare under age 2 and most common between ages 10 and 30.
The classic symptoms of appendicitis include:
Dull pain near the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is usually the first sign.
Loss of appetite
Nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
Inability to pass gas
Surgery is often performed on individuals with appendicitis to remove the appendix. This does not cause any apparent consequences. A course of antibiotics is often given alongside surgical treatment.