Appendicitis is caused due to inflammation of the appendix when it becomes blocked, often by stool, a foreign body or cancer. In some cases, the blockage may also occur due to infection since the appendix swells in response to any infection in the body. Some potential risk factors for appendicitis include diet low in fibre and high in sugar, family history and infection.
There are, however, no known ways to prevent appendicitis or predict when it will occur. The risk of appendicitis can probably be decreased by eating foods high in fibre such as fresh fruits and vegetables. You can decrease the risk of complications and improve prognosis by consulting your doctor if you have symptoms suggestive of appendicitis.
Common symptoms of appendicitis include:
Remember that everyone with appendicitis will not have all of the symptoms. The symptoms are mild and vague in children, pregnant women and the elderly. This may make diagnosis more difficult and increase the risk of complications. If you have one or more of the above mentioned symptoms, consult your doctor to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and start treatment accordingly. Timely treatment of appendicitis decreases the risk of complications and improves prognosis.
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