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Appendicitis is a painful swelling of the appendix, a finger-like pouch connected to the large intestine.

It's located in the lower right-hand side of the abdomen (tummy).
The condition starts as a pain in the centre of the abdomen. It then travels to the lower right-hand side and gradually gets worse.

Appendicitis is a medical emergency that usually requires urgent surgery to remove the appendix. If left untreated, the appendix can burst and cause potentially life-threatening infections.

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