Appendicitis is a painful swelling of the appendix. The appendix is a small, thin pouch about 5 to 10cm long. It’s connected to the start of the large intestine. Nobody knows exactly what the appendix does, but removing it is not harmful and can be life-saving if it becomes inflamed and perforates.

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Symptoms of appendicitis

When to get medical help

How appendicitis is treated

What causes appendicitis?

Who’s affected?


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