Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a 3 &1/2-inch-long tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine.

Causes –Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes blocked, often by stool, a foreign body, or cancer. Blockage may also occur from infection, since the appendix swells in response toany infection in the body.

Symptoms–The classic symptoms of appendicitis include:

  • Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is usually the first sign.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Fever
  • Inability to pass gas. Though there may not be present of above symptoms in many people with appendicitis.

Diagnosis–The following tests are usually used to make the diagnosis:

  • Abdominal examination to detect inflammation
  • Urine test to rule out a urinary tract infection
  • Rectal examination
  • Blood test
  • CT scans and / or ultrasound
  • Severe complications of a ruptured appendix include widespread, painful inflammation of the inner lining of the abdominal wall and sepsis.

Treatment–All cases require removal of the inflamed appendix, either by laparotomy or laparoscopy. Untreated, mortality is high, mainly because of peritonitis and shock.

  • Antibiotic for infection is given.
  • Surgery to remove the appendix, which is called an appendectomy, is treatment for appendicitis.

Homoeopathic treatment–for treatment of appendicitis one should consult homoeopathic physician for proper medication, as there are so many homoeopathic medicines which have power to treat appendicitis.

  • Belladonna – acute intestinal Conditions, colic Abdominal pains, violent; come and disappear suddenly – squeezing; clawing; as if griped by nails; violent pinching. “Violent colic, intense cramping pain, faces red as fire.” Tenderness of abdomen, worst least jar. Frequent urging to stool, little or no stool. Spasmodic contraction of sphincter ani. Great pain in ileo-caecal region: cannot bear slightest touch, even of bedclothes (early appendicitis. Local external applications to abort). Typical Belladonna has red, hot face; big pupils: is sensitive to pressure draughts, jar.
  • Mercurius corrosives– acute intestinal conditions, colic. – Peculiar bruised sensation about caecum and along transverse colon. Tender to pressure. Appendicitis. Painful bloody discharges (from rectum) with vomiting. Tenesmus, persistent, incessant, with insupportable cutting, colicky pains. Diarrhea. Bloated abdomen. Characteristic. Abdomen bruised, bloated, tender to least touch. Tenesmus of bladder, also. Hot urine passed drop by drop.
  • Bryonia Alba — Appendicitis: peritonitis. Must keep very still; stool hard, dry, as if burnt. Pain in a limited spot: dull, throbbing or sticking. is better lying on painful side, from heat to inflamed part, From pressure and to limit movement. Lies knees drawn up.
  • Echinacea purpurea– “It acts on appendix and has been used for appendicitis. But remember, it promotes suppuration, and a neglected appendix with pus formation would probably rupture sooner under its use”.
  • Natrium sulphuricum Apparently, it is a retro-cecal appendix, because they always complain of extreme pain going right round to the back, rather than of pain of McBurney’s Point. It is the type of appendix which is associated with a degree of jaundice. In cases of appendix abscesses, where there has been a retro-cecal appendix and a tendency for the inflammation to track up and conditions suggesting a sub-phrenic.

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