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Appendicitis (Definition)

Of the appendix. It generally starts with plugging of the appendiceal lumen with inflammation building up behind it. Common symptoms are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant, nausea/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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Is it possible to have Appendicitis or diverticulitis with mild pain that comes and goes? no fever, and no intense pain when pushed on?

Is it possible to have Appendicitis or diverticulitis with mild pain that comes and goes? no fever, and no intense  pain when pushed on?

Yes: Yes, you can have mild versions of both but this is pretty uncommon. There are other diagnoses that can cause similar symptoms in a young woman including ovarian cysts, pregnancy, endometriosis, and irritable bowel syndrome. See you doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Mild LRQ pain comes n goes. No fever no intense pain when pushed on. CBC normal. Waiting 4abdom X-ray. diverticulitis or appendicitis still possible?

Mild LRQ pain comes n goes. No fever no intense pain when pushed on. CBC normal. Waiting 4abdom X-ray. diverticulitis or appendicitis still possible?

Unlikely: I'm assuming you mean right lower quadrant pain. With no fever and no WBC elevation, it's unlikely that you have diverticulitis or appendicitis. HOWEVER, they are both still possibilities. Diverticulitis would be especially unusually on the right side with your age. I would bet on a colitis, constipation or an ovarian cyst before appendicitis. But this is still a guess. ...Read more

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Would CBC and abdom X-ray show any kind of infection? Mild Lower right tummypain comes and goes no fever is appendicitis or diverticulitis possible?

Would CBC and abdom X-ray  show any kind of infection?  Mild Lower right tummypain comes and goes no fever is appendicitis or diverticulitis possible?

Specifics please: In what position do you feel better/ worse? What is the quality of pain--sharp, stabbing, pressure, bloating, gassiness? Where in your abdomen (right, mid, left) do you experience discomfort? Duration pain lasts? Is pain deep or superficial? Have you seen blood with stool or change in bowels? Any chance of pregnancy (sexually active)? Any bladder/uti symptoms? Ur doc will need this info 2 help ...Read more

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What are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

What are other conditions with symptoms similar to diverticulitis?

Crohn's: Diverticulitis has similar symptoms as crohn' s disease and colon cancer. Hence investigations are required to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have diverticulitis?

See a doctor NOW: Classic presentation is fever, abdominal pain (usually left sided), and elevated white blood cell count. Some people don't have the classic presentation. Other things, like appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease can present similarly . Need to see a doc, get examined, maybe get a ct scan. Mild cases- rx antibiotics as outpt;more severe -inpt rx, and/or drainage of pus, or surgery. ...Read more

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Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Can children get diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Yes: In fact many children are born with a large diverticulum called merckle's diverticulum that can get infected and gives symptoms like appendicitis in the other side of the abdomen around age 2 years old before or after. ...Read more

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Diagnosed diverticulitis last month, presented on right side via mri. Daily diahrrea since. Right diag? How to stop dihhrea?

Diagnosed diverticulitis last month, presented on right side via mri. Daily diahrrea since. Right diag? How to stop dihhrea?

May be: Isolated right side diverticulitis with out left side is unusual, except congenital cecal diverticulam ( single ) , you may have it , when inflammation subsides must have colonoscopy it mimics appendicitis , is a true diverticulum contains all layers of bowel , for recurrent attacks will need surgery. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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