A WORD ON APPENDICITIS AND ADHESIONS FROM A PROFESSIONAL
Posted Mar 19 2009 7:57pm
Among all the systems in our body, our digestive system can especially fall prey to various illnesses because we eat and drink everyday, putting increased demands on our food intake processing network of organs and cells. For instance, intestinal adhesions, which are bands of fibrous tissue that can connect the loops of the intestines to each other, or the intestines to other abdominal organs or the intestines to the abdominal wall, can pull sections of the intestines out of place and may block passage of food. Abdominal adhesions are a major cause of intestinal obstruction and may be present at birth (congenital) or may form after abdominal surgery or inflammation. Most form after surgery. They are more common after procedures on the colon, appendix, or uterus than after surgery on the stomach, gall bladder, or pancreas. The risk of developing adhesions increases with the passage of time after the surgery. Another digestive problem that persists for many people nationwide is appendicitis, an inflammation of the appendix.
Specializing in appendicitis treatment in Los Angeles -based Dr. Siamak Tabib explains that once it starts, there is no effective medical therapy, so appendicitis is considered a medical emergency. When treated promptly, most patients recover without difficulty. He reminds patients that if treatment is delayed, the appendix can burst, causing infection and even death. Appendicitis is the most common acute surgical emergency of the abdomen. Anyone can get appendicitis, but it occurs most often between the ages of 10 and 30.
Symptoms of appendicitis may include: pain in the abdomen, first around the belly button, then moving to the lower right area, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, inability to pass gas, low fever that begins after other symptoms, and abdominal swelling. While not everyone may have all these appendicitis symptoms Beverly Hills and Los Angeles County patients are advised to check closely if there is any pain that intensifies and worsens when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing. People may have a sensation called "downward urge," also known as "tenesmus," which is the feeling that a bowel movement will relieve their discomfort. Laxatives and pain medications should not be taken in this situation. Anyone with these symptoms needs to see a qualified Los Angeles Gastroenterologist immediately.
The cause of appendicitis relates to blockage of the inside of the appendix, known as the lumen. The blockage leads to increased pressure, impaired blood flow, and inflammation. If the blockage is not treated, gangrene and rupture (breaking or tearing) of the appendix can result.
Most commonly, feces blocks the inside of the appendix. Also, bacterial or viral infections in the digestive tract can lead to swelling of lymph nodes, which squeeze the appendix and cause obstruction. This swelling of lymph nodes is known as lymphoid hyperplasia. Traumatic injury to the abdomen may lead to appendicitis in a small number of people. Genetics may be a factor in others. For example, appendicitis that runs in families may result from a genetic variant that predisposes a person to obstruction of the appendiceal lumen.
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