If appendicitis is not treated, the appendix can burst and cause potentially life-threatening infections.
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a small pouch connected to your large intestine.
Appendicitis usually causes pain that starts in the middle of your tummy before moving towards the lower right side.
If you have appendicitis, you'll usually need surgery to remove your appendix as soon as possible.
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