In 1886, Reginald H Fitz, a Harvard pathologist, first described the clinical condition of acute appendicitis (i.e. Inflammation of the vermiform appendix).He correctly pointed out the importance of its early diagnosis and timely treatment. Acute appendicitis remains one of the most common surgical diseases encountered by physicians. When appendicitis manifests in its classic form, it is easily diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately, these classic symptoms occur in just over half of patients with acute appendicitis. Atypical presentations often lead to a delay in diagnosis, perforation, prolonged hospitalization, and increased morbidity.
Appendicitis treatment usually involves surgery to remove the inflamed appendix. Before surgery you may be given a dose of antibiotics to prevent infection. Surgery to remove the appendix (appendectomy).
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