What are the symptoms of chronic appendicitis?

Chronic appendicitis causes irritation and inflammation of the appendix that may result in a number of symptoms. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.

Common symptoms of chronic appendicitis

You may experience chronic appendicitis symptoms daily or just once in a while. At times any of these common symptoms can be severe:

  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Malaise or lethargy
  • Mild abdominal pain (in the right lower abdomen)
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, chronic appendicitis can be life-threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain

What is chronic appendicitis?

Chronic appendicitis is a disorder caused by inflammation of the appendix over a period of time. There is controversy as to whether this actually represents a true disease, since acute appendicitis is the typical manifestation of an inflamed appendix. Chronic appendicitis may cause symptoms related to abdominal discomfort or more generalized symptoms.... Read more about chronic appendicitisintroduction


What causes chronic appendicitis?

The cause of chronic appendicitis is not fully known, but it may be associated with fecal impaction of the intestines (coprostasis). Chronic appendicitis commonly may cause scarring of the appendix due to prolonged inflammation.... Read more about chronic appendicitiscauses


How is chronic appendicitis treated?

Your health care provider can develop a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs. It is important that you follow your treatment plan for chronic appendicitis precisely to help minimize your symptoms and decrease the chance of your symptoms recurring over time.... Read more about chronic appendicitistreatments

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