A strong pain in the lower right area of the abdomen can be a sign of appendicitis, which means an ...
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A strong pain in the lower right area of the abdomen can be a sign of appendicitis, which means an inflamed appendix. The appendix is a small, worm-like organ that sits at the beginning of the large bowel on the right side, just where the small intestine empties its stool contents. If food or a small piece of stool blocks the opening of the appendix, it can become infected and inflamed and fill with pus. This puts pressure on the walls of the appendix and blocks the tiny blood vessels that supply it with oxygen. The walls become weaker and, if not treated, the tissue may become necrotic, which means that it dies. If the weakened walls burst or rupture, the contents spill into the abdominal cavity, which becomes inflamed and infected. This dangerous condition is called peritonitis and may be life-threatening.