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Does a smoldering appendix exist? Had a doctor tell me last week that he did not believe in it. I've had lower right side abdom. Pain for 7 months..

Does a smoldering appendix exist? Had a doctor tell me last week that he did not believe in it. I've had lower right side abdom. Pain for 7 months..

It is possible: During residency many years ago, the chief of surgery talked about folks that had a smoldering appendix. He felt that folks that started to have appendicitis, for any number of reasons...Improved (sort of like diverticulitis that strikes off and on for years...After all the appendix if felt by many to just be a "bigger diverticula" of sorts. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more


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Does "chronic" appendicitis actually exist? And would it be seen on ultrasound. Appendix type pain 5 days. Normal WBC AND US.

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

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Where is my appendix?

Where is my appendix?

Right Lower Quad: Your appendix is in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen.
Holly:tell the patient what you have been taught- put thumb on asis (that bone that sticks out at the bottom of the lower right side of your belly) and your 5th finger (pinky) on the edge of the pubic bone (near where the hair ends) extend index finger and find where appendix usually is. ...Read more

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Symptoms of appendix?

Symptoms of appendix?

Common symptoms: Dscomfort around the belly button, usually moves to the right side of the abdomen over several hours.
IWorsens with sneezing, coughing, and deep breathing
Pain may increase with movement, loss of appetite,
nausea, vomiting, swelling of the abdomen, abdomen feels hard, onstipation, mild diarrhea, slight fever. ...Read more

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Where is your appendix?

Right lower abdomen: Usually located in right lower quadrant of abdomen.
Appendix sits at the junction of the small intestine and large intestine. It’s a thin tube about four inches long. ...Read more

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What is rumbled appendix?

What is rumbled appendix?

Ruptured?: Not only inflamed, but burst. A big deal. Pus and poop spread into abdomen and pelvis, perhaps with local pus pocket (abscess). Generally sicker patient, bigger surgery. ...Read more

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What does the appendix do?

Immune system?: Researchers believe that the appendix does serve a function as part of the immune system. Others feel that the appendix is a vestigial organ, once used as part of digestive process. ...Read more

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What is a twisted appendix?

Torsion: That might refer to an appendix which has twisted and become gangrenous. ...Read more

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Can appendix be on the left?

No, however: There is a very rare condition known as situs inversus where your internal organs are reversed or are a mirror image of the normal organ locations. This is an anomaly that occurs during fetal development, usually of no significance. ...Read more

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What side is you appendix on?

Right side: The appendix is located in the lower right side of your abdomen, about a third of the way between your belly button and hip bone. ...Read more

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How to keep appendix healthy?

How to keep appendix healthy?

By staying healthy: Appendicitis is an unpredictable disease, mostly seen in young, contaminated water source, inflammation in the intestine causes lymph follicles to swell resulting blockage of lumen that will result appendicitis in children. ...Read more

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How do I know I have appendix?

You do have for sure: Everybody is born with appendix. So you can rest assured you do have an appendix ...Read more

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Do appendix attacks come & go?

No: Appendicitis is a progressive infection that gradually gets worse over 24-48 hours resulting in nausea and increasing right lower abdominal pain. Some doctors believe there could be a very rare condition of chronic appendicitis, which I believe does not occur. ...Read more

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What makes your appendix go bad?

What makes your appendix go bad?

Unknown: A common element for many cases of appendicitis is obstruction of the opening, through which it connects with the rest of the intestinal tract (we often find stone-like material upstream from rupture points);however, this is not a universal finding nor do we understand why these appendicoliths form. My guess is that there are many factors that contribute to it developing considering how common it is. ...Read more

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"which side is the appendix on? "

"which side is the appendix on? "

Right: The majority of the time the right lower abdomen. There are rare instances of things being turned around, but extremely rare. ...Read more

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Is the appendix on the left or right?

Right: Right, but it can be long and lay in different areas of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Where is appendix located in mens body?

Right Side: The appendix is located on the right side in men and women. However is can vary. It can be located anywhere on the right side up to the ribs and also down into the pelvis and in the middle of the lower abdomen. ...Read more

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Can your appendix be on your left side?

Yes: Some rare individuals are reversed with mirror image, heart on right side and stomach on right side. Everything reversed. Some people have malrotation or nonrotation of bowel which causes the right side of colon and appendix to be in wrong position. ...Read more

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How long does it take to remove appendix?

Less than an hour: On average, an appendectomy can be performed in 30-45 minutes. This is somewhat dependent on the technique (laparoscopic vs. Open), the degree of inflammation (perforation, abscess, etc.), and patient-factors, such as obesity, prior surgery, etc. ...Read more

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Is it true the appendix has zero purpose?

Is it true the appendix has zero purpose?

Probably not..: The true function of the appendix is unknown but it does have a large amount of lymphatic tissue and might help in early immune system development and function. ...Read more

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What is the role and function of appendix?

Unknown.: It is uncertain if the appendix plays a minor role in immune function in infancy. What is certain is that it can be removed safely with no obvious long-term side effects and clearly has no major physiologic role in adult life. ...Read more

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Does the appendix do anything for the body?

Does the appendix do anything for the body?

Yes!: The appendix acts as a 'policeman' for our body. It contains lymph tissue that helps fight off foreign invasion to our body such as infection. In the past, it was regarded as useless in that it was often taken out during abdominal surgeries to prevent a future attack of appendicitis.It is now used in reconstructive surgeries too. It turns out to be useful but if it's inflamed it needs to come out! ...Read more

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WHEN MUST ONE BE WORRIED ABOUT AN APPENDIX?

Appendicitis.: Symptoms of appendicitis usually begin with a dull pain about the belly button, which then progresses to a sharp pain in the right lower abdominal quadrant. A sharp pain can be associated with nausea and complete lack of an appetite. You can also get fever, chills and sweats. Blood testing would generally show an elevated white blood cell count. ...Read more

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What causes you to take out your appendix?

Appendicitis: Acute infection of the appendix is reason for removal ...Read more

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What d cause of d pain in my appendix area.

What d cause of d pain in my appendix area.

Many things: Both GI and non-gi causes of rlq pain. If severe or persisting, best to be seen and evaluated for further testing. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my appendix is messing up?

Classic symptoms: Are acute onset of nausea/vomiting and mid abdominal pain of acute onset that later travels to right lower quadrant. Sometimes it can be confused with other conditions such as ovarian cyst, kidney stones or infection, or ileitis, even by doctors. If you have these symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are common signs of appendix problems?

What are common signs of appendix problems?

Pain: If someone has an appendicitis generally one develops pain around the belly button that slowly with time moves down to the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. Associated with the pain is nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an appendix attack?

Symptoms: Sometimes the pain from an inflamed appendix can start around your naval. The pain usually worsens over time and moves to mcburney's point which is in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen. Usually the area is tender when touched or when pressure is released. Things which are jolting like walking or coughing can increase the pain. See below. ...Read more