Acute inflammation of the APPENDIX. Acute appendicitis is classified as simple, gangrenous, or perforated.
Surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. (Dorland, 28th ed)
A worm-like blind tube extension from the CECUM.
A clinical syndrome with acute abdominal pain that is severe, localized, and rapid in onset. Acute abdomen may be caused by a variety of disorders, injuries, or diseases.
Opening or penetration through the wall of the INTESTINES.
An abscess located in the abdominal cavity, i.e., the cavity between the diaphragm above and the pelvis below. (From Dorland, 27th ed)
Sensation of discomfort, distress, or agony in the abdominal region.
Formation of a firm impassable mass of stool in the RECTUM or distal COLON.
Disease having a short and relatively severe course.
Pathological developments in the CECUM.
Tear or break of an organ, vessel or other soft part of the body, occurring in the absence of external force.
Death and putrefaction of tissue usually due to a loss of blood supply.
A procedure in which a laparoscope (LAPAROSCOPES) is inserted through a small incision near the navel to examine the abdominal and pelvic organs in the PERITONEAL CAVITY. If appropriate, biopsy or surgery can be performed during laparoscopy.
Tumors or cancer of the APPENDIX.
Incorrect diagnoses after clinical examination or technical diagnostic procedures.
Inflammation of a DIVERTICULUM or diverticula.
A groin hernia occurring inferior to the inguinal ligament and medial to the FEMORAL VEIN and FEMORAL ARTERY. The femoral hernia sac has a small neck but may enlarge considerably when it enters the subcutaneous tissue of the thigh. It is caused by defects in the ABDOMINAL WALL.
Radiographic visualization of the body between the thorax and the pelvis, i.e., within the peritoneal cavity.
Studies used to test etiologic hypotheses in which inferences about an exposure to putative causal factors are derived from data relating to characteristics of persons under study or to events or experiences in their past. The essential feature is that some of the persons under study have the disease or outcome of interest and their characteristics are compared with those of unaffected persons.
An abnormal twisting or rotation of a bodily part or member on its axis.
Tomography using x-ray transmission and a computer algorithm to reconstruct the image.
Tumors or cancer of the CECUM.
Accumulation of purulent material in tissues, organs, or circumscribed spaces, usually associated with signs of infection.
Incision into the side of the abdomen between the ribs and pelvis.
A condition characterized by the formation of CALCULI and concretions in the hollow organs or ducts of the body. They occur most often in the gallbladder, kidney, and lower urinary tract.
A pathological process characterized by injury or destruction of tissues caused by a variety of cytologic and chemical reactions. It is usually manifested by typical signs of pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function.
A clinical syndrome with intermittent abdominal pain characterized by sudden onset and cessation that is commonly seen in infants. It is usually associated with obstruction of the INTESTINES; of the CYSTIC DUCT; or of the URINARY TRACT.
Financial assistance to impoverished persons for the essentials of living through federal, state or local government programs.
A quantitative measure of the frequency on average with which articles in a journal have been cited in a given period of time.
Individuals or groups with no or inadequate health insurance coverage. Those falling into this category usually comprise three primary groups: the medically indigent (MEDICAL INDIGENCY); those whose clinical condition makes them medically uninsurable; and the working uninsured.
Insurance providing coverage of medical, surgical, or hospital care in general or for which there is no specific heading.
Works containing information articles on subjects in every field of knowledge, usually arranged in alphabetical order, or a similar work limited to a special field or subject. (From The ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, 1983)
Natural recurring desire for food. Alterations may be induced by APPETITE DEPRESSANTS or APPETITE STIMULANTS.
Pain in the pelvic region of genital and non-genital origin and of organic or psychogenic etiology. Frequent causes of pain are distension or contraction of hollow viscera, rapid stretching of the capsule of a solid organ, chemical irritation, tissue ischemia, and neuritis secondary to inflammatory, neoplastic, or fibrotic processes in adjacent organs. (Kase, Weingold & Gershenson: Principles and Practice of Clinical Gynecology, 2d ed, pp479-508)
A subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the study of the physiology and diseases of the digestive system and related structures (esophagus, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas).
The segment of LARGE INTESTINE between the CECUM and the TRANSVERSE COLON. It passes cephalad from the cecum to the caudal surface of the right lobe of the LIVER where it bends sharply to the left, forming the right colic flexure.