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Appendicitis is one of the causes of serious belly pain. It happens when the appendix, a small sac attached to your large intestine, becomes inflamed.
This condition is usually treated with surgery to remove the appendix. Some cases can be treated with antibiotics.
With antibiotic treatment, there's still a chance that the appendix will need to be removed. This may be after days or months.
You'll need to keep watching your symptoms at home. If they continue or get worse, call your doctor or nurse advice line or get medical care right away. Appendicitis can get serious very quickly.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: November 30, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kara C. Taggart MD - Urology & Arvydas D. Vanagunas MD - Gastroenterology & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
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