Appendicitis is defined as inflammation of the vermiform appendix. It is the most common condition in children that requires emergency abdominal surgery.
Appendicitis is caused by nonspecific obstruction of the appendiceal lumen. Fecal material, undigested food, other foreign material, an enlarged lymphoid follicle in the epithelial lining, or a bend or twist in the organ itself may all be responsible. The key to a successful outcome is early diagnosis followed by appendectomy before gangrene or perforation develops.
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Cite this: Jaime Shalkow. Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Appendicitis? - Medscape - Dec 09, 2016.