|The appendix is a small, finger-like structure attached to the large intestine in the lower right side of the abdomen. Sometimes, this structure becomes blocked, causing swelling. The appendix can quickly then become the habitat of a bacterial infection. This inflammation and infection of the appendix is referred to as appendicitis, and it is considered a medical emergency.
While anyone can develop appendicitis, the condition is more common in people between the ages of 10 and 30. Once appendicitis is detected and promptly treated, most patients recover without further complications or long-tem consequences. However, if treatment is delayed, the appendix can rupture, causing infection to spread into the abdomen. A ruptured appendix is very serious, as it can result in a potentially fatal infection.