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what should i do about potential chronic appendicitis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Appendectomy: Chronic Appendicitis believed by some is a condition in which patients feel recurrent abdominal discomfort or pain in right lower abdomen.nausea/vomiting and fever.the symptoms may be daily or once in a while if a diagnosis of chronic appendicitis is made the best treatment is removal of appendix surgically to prevent potential complications like acute appendicitis,rupture,peritinitis and sepsis

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How do I know if my baby has appendicitis?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Abdominal Pain: Appendicitis can present in many ways. Typically, the child will lose appetite first, develop fever second, and abdominal pain is the third symptom. It is usually starts at the belly button and moves to the lower right hand side. Children curl up in the fetal position and do not want to move. If you gently shake them, it causes them great pain. These are signs you should go to the er.
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What are the symptoms of appendicitis in babies?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Unlikely: Appendicitis would be very unusual in an infant, but anything is possible. If your baby has belly pain, swelling, poor feeding, fever and/or vomiting, they need to be examined right away.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How do I prevent appendicitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Unknown.: As we don't really understand what causes appendicitis, we have no way to prevent it. Like many acute illnesses, the sooner we diagnose it, the better people do.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How long does the appendicitis procedure generally take?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Less than an hour: On average, appendectomies are 30-60 minute operations. When caught early and performed via minimally invasive surgery, people may be home in less than a day and back to normal activities in 1-2 weeks.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What would the doctor suggest if no operation can be performed to treat appendicitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Antibiotics: While the standard treatment for appendicitis is surgery, there are some occasions where people can be treated by antibiotics alone. If treated in this manner, some people will do well; unfortunately, we cannot predict who will. Therefore, it is much, much safer to surgically remove the appendix rather than take a chance with antibiotics alone.

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