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Pediatric Appendicitis

Key points about appendicitis in children

  • Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix. It's a medical emergency.
  • The appendix can burst or rupture, causing more infection. If not treated, it can be fatal.
  • Healthcare providers will likely recommend that the child’s appendix be removed.
  • An appendectomy is the most common type of emergency surgery for children.
  • Most children recover with no long-term problems.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Anthony Sandler

Anthony Sandler

Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief
Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care


General and Thoracic Surgery

The pediatric surgical experts at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., provide advanced, comprehensive surgical care for infants, children and teenagers.