you read the book or seen the movie called Madeline?
The author is Ludwig Bemelmans.
Well, Madeline, a little orphan girl, had an appendicitis attack and had to be
rushed to the hospital. What is
an appendicitis? An
an irritation of the appendix. The
appendix is a small worm-like pouch attached to the large bowel.
Appendicitis can occur at any age, but it usually happens to people
who are from 8 Ė 23 years old. It
rarely happens to kids that are under two years old.
For people who are young, having an appendicitis attack is probably the most ordinary
cause of stomach pain that requires emergency surgery.
nearly all cases of appendicitis, the precise reason for the irritation
isnít known, but sometimes itís caused by small pieces of hardened poop
(feces) that get stuck inside the appendix.
symptoms can be incredibly changeable but commonly take the following
typical pattern. The first sign
is usually a pain or discomfort near the bellybutton.
This pain comes and goes in waves, and usually, people think itís
just an upset stomach. After a
few hours, the pain will be more noticeable and continuous in the lower
right part of the stomach. The
pain is increased by movement or coughing.
The person will often lose their appetite, feel sick, and throw up. The temperature is raised slightly and the face is rosy.
They might have halitosis (bad breath).
If the doctor thinks you have appendicitis, he will probably take a medical history from you and then check your temperature. Blood and urine (pee) tests will be performed to look for infection. The doctor examines you by pressing on the lower right part of the tummy, and sometimes inserting a finger in the anus (butt) in order to rule out other causes of pain. Women are usually given an examination of the vagina. There isnít a test that will determine whether you have an appendicitis thatís 100% sure. Surgery is performed according to the results on the doctorís tests. Lots of diseases can cause the same symptoms as appendicitis. That is why surgeons find a regular appendix in 3 out of 10 operations.
is treated by:
cases that arenít complicated, a 2 Ė 3 day hospital stay is common.
The patient may go home as soon as their temperature is back to
normal, and their bowel starts to work again.
The stitches may be removed 10 days after the operation.
A return to normal daily life within 4 Ė 6 weeks is typical.
0.2 (one fifth) of the patients who experience surgery turn out to have a
ruptured (split open) appendix. This causes
irritation of the peritoneum (the covering around the inside organs). Nowadays, this condition can be treated with antibiotics that
makes it less dangerous than it used to be, but there is still a risk of
sore formation in the stomach cavity (a hollow space in the stomach), which
will require draining. Pieces
of tissue that stick together after the operation, also known as scar
tissue, might develop and block or get in the way of the bowel.
This happens in a small number of all patients who have their
appendix removed in a surgery. The
condition commonly occurs within three months of the operation. A bowel barrier might require emergency surgery.
The Nemours Foundation. "KidsHealth for Kids" 1995-2004. <http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/> (January-February, 2004).
Dr. Robert, Klenerman, Dr. Paul ďAppendicitis.Ē http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/dieases/facts/appendicitis.htm
Image of stomachache from "Microsoft Office Online" <http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?cag=1> Images free for non-profit and personal use. (October-February, 2003-2004).
Bernstein, Joanne E. and Paul Cohen. Dizzy Doctor Riddles. Niles, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company. 1989.
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