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What does ''sub-acute'' appendicitis means?

What does ''sub-acute'' appendicitis means?

Sub-acute Appendix: Usually, appendicitis is an acute event which develops suddenly and progresses rapidly. In subacute appendicitis, the onset is not as intense. Sub-acute appendicitis may actually get better on its own resulting in a chronic inflammation of the appendix. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Appendicitis (Definition)

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix which is a finger-shaped pouch that projects off of the colon. It causes right lower quadrant pain that radiates and becomes worse over time. Common symptoms are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant, nausea or vomiting, and loss of appetite. Appendicitis is treated with IV fluids + antibiotics and appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) either as an ...Read more


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What to do if I have acute appendicitis that is just making my life worse. Can it be treated with drug medications?

What to do if I have acute appendicitis that is just making my life worse. Can it be treated with drug medications?

Infection: Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix. Most often surgery is recommended to remove the infected appendix before it bursts or causes serious internal infection (peritonitis). This needs to be treated urgently in an emergency room. ...Read more

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Differential diagnosis for acute appendicitis?

Differential diagnosis for acute appendicitis?

RLQ Pain: Long list including diverticulitis, crohn's disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, cholecystitis(gallbladder), ovarian cyst or twisted ovary, colon cancer, kidney stone, perforated ulcer, pancreatitis, bacterial infection and urinary tract infection to name a few. ...Read more

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What triggers acute appendicitis when someone already has chronic appendicitis?

What triggers acute appendicitis when someone already has 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

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I have been having symptoms of chronic appendicitis, and i was wondering, what would make it acute appendicitis?

Inflammation: The obstruction may be complete and get infected, causing more inflammation, swelling, lymphadenitis and even perforation and peritonitis. ...Read more

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I might have chronic appendicitis. What are some do's and don'ts? I don't want it to turn into 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.

Then get it out: The term chronic appendicitis , now rarely used , you have appendicitis or not , possible with out surgery, some may suffer for long time with out surgery, bursting is unlikely as adhesions will prevent. . If symptoms persists & ct shows removal is the best option. ...Read more

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After surgery pathology report came back. Said looked like partially treated acute appendicitis. Wat does that mean?

Patient is OK : The mainstay of therapy remains appendectomy. The details of the path report suggest that the pathologists see features possible consistent with the effect of antibiotics . There is no cause for alarm. ...Read more

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How will a patient with acute appendicitis feel when the appendix is ruptured?

Vaties: Generally after ruptured appendicitis a person gradually gets more severe abdominal pain, abdominal pain may get worse when trying to walk, nausea, vomiting, fevers, not wanting to eat, may get faster heart rate, etc. Each person is different. ...Read more