Doctor insights on: Enlarged appendix

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Son has enlarged appendix but not inflamed. What does it mean?

Son has enlarged appendix but not inflamed. What does it mean?

Normal: I presume that the character of the appendix was found on ultrasound or ct abdominal examination. Baseline diameter of appendix is about 5-6mm. However there are exceptions with appendix distended by air or fluid and having a larger diameter. If no inflammation associated with it and no large blocking stone, appendicolith, then appendix is normal. It is normal variation being larger than expected. ...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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I have an enlarged appendix, should I worry about it, my doctor said that I'm fine?

I have an enlarged appendix, should I worry about it, my doctor said that I'm fine?

Enlarged appendix: I don't know what test you had done that said your appendix is large. A CT scan can usually show if is suspicious of anything to be concerned about. Although it's rare, an enlarged appendix can indicate a problem. You could have a mucocele or a benign or malignant tumor such as a carcinoid. Colonoscopy can see the opening of the appendix and if you haven't had one, see a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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If I was put on antibiotics two days ago for an enlarged appendix, but not infected. And the pain is not getting any better, what should I do?

If I was put on antibiotics two days ago for an enlarged appendix, but not infected. And the pain is not getting any better, what should I do?

Family Doctor: I think this is the tenth question you have asked us, strangers on the internet, but it appears you are not getting the right help in person. You have a family doctor. This professional should be consulted and aware of your problem so that these ongoing questions are managed appropriately. You do not need to go back to the ER. You need to see your family doctor. ...Read more

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Ct showed enlarged appendix. I have all symptoms of appendicitis. Was admit for 2 days but no removal. Why? High wbc. Still symptomatic 3 days later.

Ct showed enlarged appendix. I have all symptoms of appendicitis. Was admit for 2 days but no removal. Why? High wbc. Still symptomatic 3 days later.

Time to remove it: If the symptoms were such that a CT was needed, and it showed an enlarged appendix with secondary signs such as streak in the adjacent tissue, then hard to explain why not removed. Nonetheless, recent studies suggest that treatment with antibiotics many may not need surgery. Before perforation occurs you need to talk to your primary care doctor and get to the bottom of what is really happening. ...Read more

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Have pain under my ribs on my right side. ER did a ct scan and they said it was normal, enlarged appendix. Why didn't they take it out? More issues?

Have pain under my ribs on my right side. ER did a ct scan and they said it was normal, enlarged appendix. Why didn't they take it out? More issues?

Because incidental: Finding not likely related to ribs since it is located in the right lower abdomen and was inceidental finding, er is for emergencies and they wanted to rule that out, you can schedule a surgeon to remove the appendix if you want since it can burst later but may not be necessary but you can have a surgeon ready when needed. If pain in the right lower abdomin and fever and vomiting it can be the ap ...Read more

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upset stomach 3 weeks, worse yesterday with nausea and stomach pain Had CT Scan-enlarged appendix. Given antibiotics & sent home. Worried or not?

upset stomach 3 weeks, worse yesterday with nausea and stomach pain Had CT Scan-enlarged appendix. Given antibiotics & sent home. Worried or not?

Follow up required: Yes, if a physician was worried enough to prescribe antibiotics because of abdominal symptoms and enlarged appendix, then follow up is essential; please contact your PCP today; sequential exams are essential; and blood testing is essential; ...Read more

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Feeling worse today. Went to ER 2 nights ago for ab pain and nausea cause ultrasound showed a little enlarged area of appendix. Er did CT scan and said everything looked normal. On antibiotics to treat uti. Could CT scan missed something?

Feeling worse today. Went to ER 2 nights ago for ab pain and nausea cause ultrasound showed a little enlarged area of appendix. Er did CT scan and said everything looked normal. On antibiotics to treat uti. Could CT scan missed something?

Its Possible: No test is absolutely perfect and conditions can change over time. A study that looked normal previously could look different as time goes by. If you are feeling worse now than before then its best to go back and seek further evaluation and treatment or an exam to reassure that everything is either okay & stay the course or try a different approach. ...Read more

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8 year old dr said appendix was enlarged but not inflamed. Why?

Appendix size: Appendix can be different sizes. Sounds like yours is on the large size, This could certainly be normal for you. ...Read more

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If I don't have appendticis but my appendix is enlarged and the pain isn't going away should I go back to the hospital? Will they remove it?

Possible AP: Appendicitis is not an elongated appendix. It is an inflammatory process in the appendix frequently induced by a stone in the appendix. If the appendix is the problem an x-ray should show a stone or appendicolith, marked thickening and evidence of inflammation. WBC should be elevated and pain present on palpation of RLQ ...Read more

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My doctors said my appendix was enlarged but not infected they sent me home with antibiotics. My pain is not subsiding what should I do?

Abdominal pain: Generally speaking, if you have been on antibiotics for over 24 hours and you have not improved, you need to be reevaluated. Also, fever that has not abated and abdominal pain that is worsened by walking as this can indicate peritoneal inflammation. ...Read more

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What does mild enlargement and stranding noted throughout the appendix mean, rlq pain, diarrhea, normal labs and stool sample normal, what could it be?

Gi: Have you seen a surgeon? Normal labs are not helpful in this case. Could be what we call a smoldering appendicitis. If you are having pain in the rlq should see a surgeon promptly. ...Read more

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Intra abdominal testicle removed in emergency appendix operation. Later CT scan showed enlarged lymph node? What is my next step in evaluation? Pet?

Intra abdominal testicle removed in emergency appendix operation. Later CT scan showed enlarged lymph node? What is my next step in evaluation? Pet?

Depends: Was the pathology from the appendix & intra-abdomial testicle benign? Why were you having the surgery? Appendicitis? How long ago was the surgery? If the initial pathology was all benign then ct scan was likely not needed & nothing further is needed as the lymph node is likely a normal reactive node from the surgery itself. ...Read more

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Lrq pain, dull ache, throbbing 1wk. Also lower back pain over hip. Doc found enlarged ovary. Woke up 5am vomited, fever 100.4, and body aches and continued lrq pain 7/10. Appendix or virus/ovary?

Lrq pain, dull ache, throbbing 1wk. Also lower back pain over hip. Doc found enlarged ovary. Woke up 5am vomited, fever 100.4, and body aches and continued lrq pain 7/10. Appendix or virus/ovary?

Needs to be seen: Most likely not appendicitis, but cannot rule it out unless there is a current workup. Enlarged ovary should not cause fever (normally). Have this worked up, but please let the er doc know what previous workup has been done. And go to the same hospital where the enlarged ovary was diagnosed so they can refer to any labs/studies done. ...Read more

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CAN YOU BE BORN WITH AN ENLARGED APENDIX??

May be: There is no medial entity called "enlarged appendix". The size of appendix varies among normal people and some may have a larger appendix than the usual size.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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SevLwer right quad stom pain. Bloating, burping, gas, nausea, constip, occ. Vomit. Also have Vpainful enlarged lymph glands in groin near pain site. Apendix?

SevLwer right quad stom pain. Bloating, burping, gas, nausea, constip, occ. Vomit. Also have Vpainful enlarged lymph glands in groin near pain site. Apendix?

Get seen!: New abdominal pain that does not go away in a day or so, needs to be checked out right away. Call your doc or go to an ER. If you have had your symptoms for several days or weeks and they are not getting worse, get checked this week, for sure. Good luck! ...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?

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