Hills actor and model Brody Jenner isn’t having the best birthday. Brody is the son of Olympian Bruce Jenner and songwriter Linda Thompson and step-brother of Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and is spending his birthday in the hospital after having his appendix taken out Friday morning.
What is the appendix and what is appendicitis?
The appendix is a hollow pouch, about the size and shape of your little finger, off the end of the large intestine, and in located in the right lower part of the abdomen. The function of the appendix is unknown and its removal does not seem to cause any harm to a person’s health. Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix when the opening of the pouch becomes obstructed, allowing germs to overgrow and cause an infection. If left untreated, the appendix can become so swollen that it bursts open, allowing germs to spill out into abdominal cavity outside of the intestines (also known as the peritoneal cavity). This infection of the peritoneal cavity is a more dangerous condition, known as peritonitis.
Anyone can get appendicitis, but it is most common in people aged 10-30. The classic signs and symptoms of appendicitis include:
Treatment is the surgical removal of the appendix through a small incision in the lower abdomen.
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