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Pediatric Appendicitis

Key points about appendicitis in children

  • Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix. It's a medical emergency.
  • The appendix can burst or rupture, causing more infection. If not treated, it can be fatal.
  • Healthcare providers will likely recommend that the child’s appendix be removed.
  • An appendectomy is the most common type of emergency surgery for children.
  • Most children recover with no long-term problems.


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