Chronic appendicitis is caused due to bacteria and is very rare. It doesn’t appear all of a sudden. It progress very slowly when compared to acute appendicitis. Since the progress is slow the treatment given is also slow and it may spread widely. Its very difficult to detect chronic appendicitis.
Chronic appendicitis can attack any age group but mostly attacks people between the age group of 10-30yrs. The patient may suffer a mild pain around the navel and increases as the days go on. Then the pain passes to the right side of the abdomen where abdomen is located and situation becomes very intense.
The pain will be more during muscle movement i.e., running, coughing, sneezing and, bending. Another character is that the region pains a lot when it is pressed gently and even it pains more after releasing.
The symptoms may vary from person to person. But mostly the pain is felt at McBurney’s Point (the point from naval to right of the abdomen). Pregnant women and children have different McBurney’s Point but they feel the same pain. Patients exhaust very soon and feel restless.
Following are some additional symptoms of chronic appendicitis.
- Loss in appetite and weight.
- Digestive problems and diarrhea.
- High fever.
- Swelling in the abdomen.
- There may be frequent urination if the appendix is near the urinary bladder.
- Endoscopy test can easily detect the presence of appendicitis.
- Abdominal tomography and blood analysis can also help in the detection.
If one experiences pain in the abdomen for more than 4hours, consult the doctor for immediate treatment. If the pain starts at the naval and slowly moves to the lower right of the abdomen, then appropriate diagnosis has to given to the patient.