Appendicitis

Understand the symptoms of appendicitis and possible complications if you don't see your doctor.

What is stump appendicitis?

When the appendix is removed surgically, a lesser or greater portion may be left behind. This piece of appendix may become inflamed and is prone to develop all of the complications of appendicitis. Thus, it is possible for individuals who have had their appendix "removed" to develop another episode of appendicitis. Stump appendicitis is treated similarly to appendicitis with an intact (surgically unremoved) appendix. It is important to consider early and diagnose stump appendicitis since inadequate diagnosis and treatment can result in a rupture of the inflamed stump.

Reviewed on 4/30/2014

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