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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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How painful is the pain caused by appendicitis?

How painful is the pain caused by appendicitis?

Appendicitis: It may not be too bad initially but can become very severe as the condition progresses. ...Read more

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I think I have appendicitis. I have really bad pain in my lower bad abdomen and it is painful to stand up straight. My parents won't tale me to the er?

I think I have appendicitis. I have really bad pain in my lower bad abdomen and it is painful to stand up straight. My parents won't tale me to the er?

Need to be evaluated: You should be evaluated by your primary doctor these symptoms are very non specific and may be related to a gyn or GI issue or even a hernia or muscle strain. ...Read more

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Appendicitis or constipation? Slight cramping in lower right stomach, didn't start near naval. Not painful just slight discomfort. No pain to touch

Appendicitis or constipation? Slight cramping in lower right stomach, didn't start near naval. Not painful just slight discomfort. No pain to touch

Appendicitis: Usually accompanied by fever, severe pain, tenderness, nausea, possibly vomiting. Cannot diagnose you without an exam, but it sounds as if appendicitis is not likely. If you remain concerned please see a doctor. ...Read more

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How dangerous is laptroscopy surgery for appendicitis for 20 year old male ?Is it very painful?

How dangerous is laptroscopy surgery for appendicitis for 20 year old male ?Is it very painful?

Not dangerous: In the right hands. As you might have read in the new york times, a surgeons skill is far more imoortant than the procedure itself. Go ahead. ...Read more

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Can appendicitis form if the ascending colon is on the left side?

Can appendicitis form if the ascending colon is on the left side?

Yes: If one has an appendix, it can always be subject to inflammation from an infection, obstruction, etc. Therefore, it's possible to still have appendicitis regardless of its location (ascending colon on the left side could be due to conditions like situs inversus, for example). ...Read more

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Might i possibly have gotten appendicitis on the left side?

Might i possibly have gotten appendicitis on the left side?

Your: Appendix is on the right although a very long appendix can stretch to the left side. Interestingly diverticulitis occurs on the left side and was known as left sided appendicitis as the symptoms were the same as appendicitis but on the left side. If you are symptomatic, see your doctor or go to the er. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if the opposite of the appendix or on the left side hurts is it a sign of appendicitis?

Could you tell me if the opposite of the appendix or on the left side hurts is it a sign of appendicitis?

Probably not: The appendix is normally located in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, so that is where the pain & tenderness localize in appendicitis. Only very rarely is the appendix located on the left side, such as in situs inversus or intestinal malrotation; appendicitis is such a case would cause left-sided pain/tenderness. Colon or left tubo-ovarian problems might be considered with left-sided pain. ...Read more

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I have severe pain on lower left side of abdoman, have had gastric bypass and gallblader removed 7yrs. ago, can my pain be appendicitis?

Unlikely.: It is difficult to assess abdominal pain with the few details that we have in your short question. However, as a generalization, appendicitis usually occurs in the right lower quadrant or mid abdomen, not usually on the left. Having said that, there are other causes of abdominal pain which need medical attention that do occur on the left side. If it persists, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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