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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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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