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Does A Smoldering Appendix Exist
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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