How to Recognize the Difference Between Stomach Ache and Appendicitis

When your kids tell you they have a tummy ache how do you know if it’s the latest stomach bug or something more serious. Dr. Brian Aldred with Five Star ER joined us in the studio with more details. An appendix infection happens when the finger-sized organ attached to the large intestine gets blocked and swells. If the infected organ isn’t removed, it might rupture, leading to risks including further infection, female infertility, and even death. Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery to remove the appendix.

  • Appendicitis is most common between the months of October and May
  • Appendicitis is most common in children ages 11 to 20
  • A child with a family history of appendicitis is at higher risk, especially if the child is male

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