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Appendicitis

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appendicitis

If you or someone you care about begins to experience severe pain in the right side of the abdomen and the pain becomes worse when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing and being touched in the area, you may be experiencing appendicitis.

Appendicitis may occur after a viral infection in the digestive tract or when the tube connecting the large intestine and appendix is blocked or trapped by stool. Because of the risk of rupture, which may occur as soon as 48 to 72 hours after symptoms begin, appendicitis is considered an emergency and anyone with symptoms needs to see a physician immediately.

If the pain is so severe you do not have time to wait for an appointment to see a physician, the expert staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Jefferson can provide immediate diagnosis and treatment of appendicitis. We offer world-class emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City and Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia.

Both of our Emergency Departments are staffed by attending and resident physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians and staff specially trained in emergency medicine.

If it is not an emergency, our highly skilled general surgeons will perform your surgery.