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Appendicitis: Recognising the Signs

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Appendicitis is an acute, potentially life-threatening medical emergency wherein the appendix - a thin, finger-like pouch attached to the caecum - becomes inflamed. It is a serious condition with the potential to cause death, yet, it’s problematic to diagnose and has no proven way of being prevented

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Appendicitis is an acute, potentially life-threatening medical emergency wherein the appendix becomes inflamed. The appendix is a thin, finger-like pouch that is attached to the caecum - a part of the large intestine located on the lower right side of the abdomen. The exact purpose of the appendix in humans is still unknown - some believe that it functions as a lymphoid organ with immunoprotective properties, while others suggest its role is to store ‘good’ bacteria.

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Jean Batchelor
11 Feb 2022
Succinct summary of assessment tools for determining appendicitis.
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Jaime Derrick
20 May 2022
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Cara Ridden
11 Jul 2022
Great article
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08 May 2022
very informative
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Joanne Spensley
20 Jan 2022
Informative
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Mary Gaunt
14 Feb 2022
Appendicitis is a frequent admisdion to hospital this review gives a good synopsis of the problem
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Craig Braden
10 Feb 2022
Concise and easy to read nice review of important presentation.
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