Appendicitis or The Flu?

It is not uncommon for those with appendicitis to not have the classic symptoms of the condition. This is especially true for young children who cannot adequately describe their pain. What is appendicitis? Appendicitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small tube of tissue, about 3.5 inches long, […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Appendicitis

The appendix is one of those organs that you just don’t think about, unless it becomes infected. An estimated five to seven percent of the population will experience appendicitis during their lifetime. According to Dr. Roland B. Weast, MD, FACS, at Premier Surgical Associates Tennova North Knoxville location,  appendicitis can occur in anyone at any […]

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Appendectomy: Emergent or urgent?

When you think of someone in need of an appendectomy, you probably think of them being whisked off for emergency surgery as quickly as possible. For good reason: Appendectomies are the most common emergent surgical procedure performed worldwide. A study reported in the September issue of the Archives of Surgery may change that way of […]

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