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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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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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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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Coughing up blood right now and pain on the left bottom side of my abdomen. Is this appendicitis?

Coughing up blood right now and pain on the left bottom side of my abdomen. Is this appendicitis?

No: If you are coughing up blood you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. If no access to doctor go to the emergency room. This is not appendicitis! ...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?

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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Pain on right lower side near hip, had hysterectomy left ovaries not an appendicitis. Cbc 2x WBC & platelets low, traces of blood protein in urine?

Uti kidney stone: Not all pain is abdominal. Your history helps and you probably need to see your doctor. If your pain is waxing it could be a stone. Blood in urine too. Urinary tracy infections can also cause blood. Usually an elevated WBC count for both however. A femoral hernia or incisional hernia by physical exam. ...Read more

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My left side below the belly hurts, is that possible for appendicitis? I did eat some junk food these days, could that be the problem?

My left side below the belly hurts, is that possible for appendicitis?  I did eat some junk food these days, could that be the problem?

Rarely: If you have left sided appendix it is possible, appendicitis rarely cause left side only pain, most of the time diverticulitis is the culprit , you already know your problem stop eating jung food and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Cough it hurts my left side to. Could I have kidney infection or appendicitis?

Cough it hurts my left side to. Could I have kidney infection or appendicitis?

Heart related: Possibly. Your appendix is on your right side. This could be related to bronchitis or a heart condition. I would seek a general doctor. ...Read more

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