Most people associate pain in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen with appendicitis, though several conditions can cause this symptom. The nature of the pain — whether it is sharp and shooting or a mild ache — can help identify the cause. Diagnosis is important because some causes escalate and significantly endanger health.
Appendicitis is a common cause of right-side abdominal pain and is usually treated as a medical emergency. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped pouch that protrudes from the colon in the lower right of the abdomen. If bacteria gets into the organ, it can cause inflammation leading to pain that begins in the middle of the abdomen and radiates to the lower-right side. In addition to sharp and consistent pain, appendicitis can also cause loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, and fever. In most cases, the symptoms are intense enough that people seek medical attention quickly, and the doctor removes the appendix before it bursts. A burst appendix is extremely dangerous.
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