Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

Appendicitis can occur at any age, but is most common in children and young adults.

Appendicitis can occur at any age, but is most common in children and young adults.
beginning of content

Appendicitis

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, which is a thin pouch attached to the large intestine on the right side of the abdomen. It is usually about the size of a finger.

The exact cause of appendicitis is not known, but it may be caused by food or faeces (poo) getting lodged in the appendix. The appendix becomes blocked, then inflamed, then infected. Appendicitis can occur at any age, but is most common in children and young adults.

The common symptoms of appendicitis are lower right abdominal (tummy) pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. Some people also have diarrhoea.

The main treatment for appendicitis is an operation to remove the inflamed appendix. This is known as an appendectomy or appendicectomy. The appendix is not essential for health, and the body functions normally without one.

There are no medically proven ways to prevent appendicitis. There is no known diet to prevent appendicitis.

Last reviewed: November 2016

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Found 28 results

Appendicitis - myDr.com.au

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. It usually starts with the main symptom of pain around the navel that moves to the lower right abdomen.

Read more on myDr website

Appendicitis | myVMC

Appendicitis is the sudden onset of inflammation of the appendix, which is a small, finger-shaped blind-ending sac that branches off the first part of the large intestine. Except for a hernia, acute appendicitis is the most common cause in the USA of an attack of severe, acute abdominal pain that requires abdominal operation. It is the most common cause of intra-abdominal infection in developed countries.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Appendicitis in children and teenagers | Raising Children Network

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Find out about appendicitis symptoms, and what to do if you think your child has appendicitis.

Read more on Raising Children Network website

Appendicitis | Better Health Channel

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Appendicitis | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Read more on Sydney Children's Hospitals Network website

Appendicectomy (appendix removal) information | myVMC

Appendicectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix from the abdomen. It is a treatment for acute appendicitis and tumours of the appendix.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Abdominal pain in adults - Better Health Channel

Serious causes of abdominal pain include appendicitis and pregnancy problems. However, most abdominal pain is harmless and goes away without surgery.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Abdominal pain in children - Better Health Channel

Children may feel stomach pain for a range of reasons and may need treatment

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Abdominal Pain | myVMC

Abdominal pain is a very common medical condition that can either be acute or chronic in nature. Basically it refers to pain that is felt within the abdomen which is the region of the body bounded by the ribs superiorly and the pelvis below.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Abdominal pain (stomach ache)

Children often complain of stomach ache (pain in the tummy). It can be a sign of illness, but often a child will have pain, but not be unwell.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo
Feedback