Description Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. When the appendix becomes inflamed or infected, rupture may occur within a matter of hours, leading to peritonitis and sepsis. Risk Factors Obstruction by fecalith or foreign bodies, bacteria or toxins. Low-fiber diet High intake of refined carbohydrates Signs and Symptoms/ Assessment Pain in the periumbilical area that descends to the right lower quadrant.
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