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Appendicitis

General Information

Expert care for appendicitis

Appendicitis is an inflamed or infected appendix, the organ that sits on the lower right side of the belly. If not treated, an inflamed appendix can rupture and become life-threatening. Goshen Hospital Emergency Department treats appendicitis to prevent serious complications.

At the first sign of appendicitis, visit our experts for quality treatment. We provide 24/7 care for a wide range of serious and life-threatening conditions. Our emergency department Colleagues are highly trained and ready to provide the care you or a family member needs.

Appendicitis symptoms

Abdominal pain is the main symptom of appendicitis. This pain can be sudden, progress rapidly or worsen when you move, cough, sneeze or take a deep breath. Your entire belly may hurt, or the pain can start near the belly button and spread to the lower right side of the abdomen.

In addition to pain, other appendicitis symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever and chills
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • An inability to pass gas

What causes appendicitis?

When a foreign object such as mucus or stool gets stuck in the appendix, this can lead to a blockage in the appendix's opening. Eventually, this blockage causes irritation and the symptoms associated with appendicitis, such as pain and vomiting.

We can help

An inflamed appendix needs immediate treatment. With complete imaging and lab services at Goshen Hospital Emergency Department, we have the tools to diagnose appendicitis and stabilize you until you receive the care you need.

Always have the symptoms of appendicitis diagnosed. Our compassionate Colleagues are ready to evaluate your health whenever you need to visit the ER. Come to Goshen Hospital’s emergency department on 200 High Park Ave.

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