Could it be caused by a digestive infection?
Acute appendicitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the appendix, which is an extension of the large intestine that does not perform any function after birth. A child may have acute appendicitis due to multiple factors: constipation, a history of respiratory or digestive infection and parasitic infection.
Abdominal pain for more than 6 hours with increasing intensity, nausea and vomiting, fever, body aches, dehydration, and persistent headache. When the evolution of acute appendicitis is higher at 24 hours, it can cause generalized peritonitis.
This disease is treated by surgery, which should be performed as soon as the diagnosis is obtained and by a pediatric surgeon. The surgery can be conventional through the opening of the abdominal cavity or laparoscopic surgery, which is minimally invasive.
Dr. José Luis Apaza
Pediatric Surgeon at Clínica Ricardo Palma