A 18-year-old male asked:

Why didn't i have to drink contrast fluod for a ct scan looking for appendicitis?

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Dr. Brandon Elrod
General Practice 13 years experience
not needed: Thank you for your question. Most of the time appendicitis can be diagnosed without needing to use any imaging. A ct scan is sometimes used if there is some questions about whether you actually have appendicitis. Contrast has its own risk when consumed (mainly kidney concerns). Doctors try not to give contrast unless absolutely necessary and needed to show specific areas of the body.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

Is contrast fluid necessary in a CT scan looking for appendicitis? ?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 34 years experience
depends: Acute appendicitis can be diagnosed with good accuracy by history, physical exam, ultrasound, and non-contrast ct scan of abd/pelvis. Now is some cases, where exam, history and other imaging is not diagnostic and observation of the patient with a surgeon is not possible, more sophisticated imaging, contrasted ct can help. Be well.
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Last updated Jul 13, 2019


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