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Acute And Chronic Appendicitis
No: It might help distinguish it from a tricky kidney / bladder infection. ...Read more
I'm still in pain but my CT scana says I don't have appendicitis? Would this be a good indicator for acute and chronic appendicitis?
Obstruction: If you have the diagnosis of chronic appendicitis you should have an appendectomy. The appendix has no function and can only lead to an acute issue. Acute appendicitis is caused by an obstruction usually secondary to a fecalith or an inflamed lymph node. Occasionally it can be infected secondary to a tumor. ...Read more
I have been having symptoms of chronic appendicitis, and I was wonderingwhat would make it acute appendicitis?
I might have chronic appendicitis. What are some do's and don'ts? I don't want it to turn into acute appendicitis.
Difficult diagnosis: Recurring pain in the area of the appendix, (and that location can vary), as well as possible symptoms of fever or other GI symptoms could be consistent with chronic appendicitis. A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis would be helpful. Ultimately, surgery might be necessary to make a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
Term no longer used: Even though possible, if the pain and symptoms are proved to be only from appendix, get it out, but need proof that is the cause. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
The past 2 days, I've had almost all symptoms of chronic appendicitis. I don't want to overreact. How do I know if its chronic appendicitis for sure?
See a doctor: Chronic appendicitis is extremely rare. If you have been having symptoms for two days, that is not a long enough period to consider chronic. However, if you have had the same symptoms previously then it is possible that you have chronic appendicitis. If you symptoms do not improve or worsen, you should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Left untreated appendicitis can be life threatening. ...Read more
Had numerous tests drs unsure what's wrong possibly chronic appendicitis. Should I pursue and see surgeon or drop since pains mild started in oct 2012.?
Up to you: It depends on how bad it is. Sounds like it is not something life threatening or severe, so watching it or getting a surgical opinion are both reasonable. ...Read more
I have 3 doctors saying I have chronic appendicitis and a surgeon saying there's no such thing. The pain comes and goes but very painful?
22y male, discomfort and a dull constant pain in right iliac region for 6 months. Could it be chronic appendicitis? How is appendicitis diagnosed?
You never will: Know unless you see your doctor soon for investigation and treatment, it could be something simple or could be a complex problem, you are neglecting your problem for 6 months, it is time to see your doctor ...Read more
I have 2 doctors saying I have chronic appendicitis and a surgeon who says there's no such thing. The pain comes and goes but gets severe. What do Ido?
Yes there is no such: Thing as chronic appendicitis, the current concept , however in some if un-operated may result recurrent acute appendicitis. At 16 need your parents involvement, appendectomy is not the answer, need further evaluation & tests, that includes psychological evaluation. ...Read more
Prob not effectively: When appendix-a small sac off the intestine-becomes infected, the opening may be plugged. Then infection fighting cells, & waste products, accumulate. If this goes on for a long time (chronic) scar tissue can also encapsulate the diseased appendix. All this leads to a non-draining pocket of infection & an inadequate blood supply to transport antibiotics to the site to work. ...Read more
Appendicitis: If you are symptomatic from appendicitis you should be seen by a competant surgeon and undergo appropriate testing which may include CT scan and CBC, etc. This is seldom a chronic condition, and although it may affect your colonic function secondarily this needs careful and acute evaluation. Do not fool with this yourself. It could become very severe very quickly and life-threatening. ...Read more
Can I get hungry with chronic appendicitis? Idk if I'm just paranoid over appendix pain cus I feel some discomfort but I get hungry & eat
Depends on who: You ask, but chronic appendicitis does not occur or is extremely rare and unlikely. Appendicitis is progressively worsening infection with increasing right lower abdominal pain over 24-48 hours with nausea and loss of appetite. See a surgeon or go to an er for evaluation if you are getting worse problems. ...Read more
About three ago I was diagnosed with chronic appendicitis, I was given antibiotics, though it somewhat stopped the twitch, it is now back, what to do?
Had some doctors say I may have chronic appendicitis and 1 said it could be my hip, the X-ray was inconclusive and I've been stretching me hip no help?
Not ideal: For visualizing structures in the abdomen, contrast really helps -both IV and oral. Sometimes a 'dry' scan (no contrast) is done when considerations about kidney function are raised, since the IV contrast can damage the kidneys. The appendix can be hard to visualize as it is — so if possible, a high quality test is definitely better. Depending on the extent of disease too, might affect the results ...Read more
Told I have chronic appendicitis but the doctor says its not bad enough to operate, the pain comes and goes, very painful and all tests come back clear?
Does "chronic" appendicitis actually exist? And would it be seen on ultrasound. Appendix type pain 5 days. Normal WBC AND US.
The existence of: "Chronic appendicitis" is controversial. Ultrasound is very good at evaluating the appendix if the appendix can be definitively located. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to visualize the appendix in large or gassy patients, and the appendix also has variable anatomic locations, so ultrasound may be inconclusive. CT more reliably demonstrates the appendix. ...Read more