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how accurate are blood tests for appendicitis?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not diagnositic: Blood test do not diagnose appendicitis, elevated blood cell counts in a person with right lower quadrant pain support the diagnosis. Imaging studies are more reliable than blood tests.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
ReliableMostOfTime: While most cases there is elevation of white blood cells&high neutrophil count&that along with a typical history&exam one can pretty well clinically diagnose Acute Appendicitis&that's what we did in past before sophisticated imaging was available&I practiced in that period in sixties&seventies.But now we like to confirm the diagnosis by imaging.Cat Scan is more reliable but often we do ultrasound

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Last updated Nov 22, 2017

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