The Spotlight on Appendicitis

What are the common warning signs of Appendicitis?  

It is a common problem that can mimic other conditions and hence is vital to seek an expert opinion. However, the classic warning symptoms are:

A dull pain around the navel that becomes sharp and moves to the right of the abdomen

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Low-grade fever
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Abdominal swelling


Can Appendicitis happen at any age?

Although it can affect you at any age it is rare under the age of 2 and is more common between the ages of 10 and 30.  The condition affects 7-12% of people in the UK with around 70,000 surgeries for appendicitis performed.  


Are there precautions you can take to prevent a burst appendix - is it life threatening? 

There is no way to prevent Appendicitis - although it is thought to be less common with people who have a diet rich in fibre, fruits and vegetables. Once there is concern over Appendicitis, for example, should you have any of the warning signs, it is vital to seek a medical opinion. If left, the Appendicitis can become complicated and severe, leading to rupture. The timeframe over which the Appendix is simply infected to being blocked leading to rupture is around 72 hours. 

A ruptured Appendix can lead to death in extreme cases, where the Appendix ruptures, the ensuing peritonitis can lead to septicaemia, which is when bacteria spreads rapidly around the body through the blood.


If you have any concerns about your symptoms, simply book a consultation with one of our specialists by calling Highgate Private Hospital on: 020 8023 6247

Date: 03/09/2018