What Even is Appendicitis?

What Even is Appendicitis?

Have you ever wondered what the small organ near your waist is for? That organ is called the appendix, and it has been perplexing scientists for decades. We still do not know everything about the appendix, but we’re getting closer. Removing the appendix is known as appendicitis, and appendicitis is more common than you might think. There are so many questions about the mystical organ, which is the appendix.

“Grrrrr,” growls your stomach at 12:36 a.m. Five hours later, the day goes on this pain becomes much sharper and longer. Odds are, you are going through early stages of appendicitis. Appendicitis is the condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and filled with pus, creating intense pain. Appendicitis is most commonly treated with surgery or antibiotics. Appendicitis is one of the most common condition is the United States. It is so common that one in every twenty people, including myself, have appendicitis in their life.

If the patient does not do anything about their inflamed appendix, it may burst, leaking infectious contents into the abdominal cavity. Appendicitis can be fatal in few circumstances, like in Houdini’s case, while it can still be very serious and painful in others. In 2015, there were roughly 11.6 million cases of appendicitis, and 50,100 of them resulted in death. The best way to prevent all of this mayhem before it is too late, is to just get your appendix removed at a younger age.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Ok, but what causes this common condition?” Well, I wish that I could give you an exact answer, but scientists’ best guess is that food or feces are getting lodged in your appendix. This will then lead to an infection, which will result in, you guessed it, appendicitis. There is a popular story of how the magician, “The Great Houdini” died, in which he took blow to the appendix which ruptured it. Shortly after it exploded and he then passed away.

The appendix is often regarded as a redundant, or useless organ, but several scientists have theories on what it is actually used for. The theory is that it acts as a safe house for good bacteria, which can be used to effectively reboot the gut following a bout of dysentery or cholera. This idea was revolutionary, due to the fact that everybody dismissed it as “useless” or “redundant”.

Hopefully, you are more informed about this serious condition, which is appendicitis, and you will know if you or a loved one might have it.