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Can ultrasonic abdomen scan miss appendicitis?

Can ultrasonic abdomen scan miss appendicitis?

Possibly: It is possible that ultrasound may not be diagnostic for appendicitis. It depends on the tech performing the exam, the patient's body size/habitus, the amount of bowel/stool present, the age of the patient, the location of the appendix, whether free fluid is present, and the confidence of the interpreting radiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Appendicitis (Definition)

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix which is a finger-shaped pouch that projects off of the colon. It causes right lower quadrant pain that radiates and becomes worse over time. Common symptoms are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant, nausea or 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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Is it likely that blood tests and a CT scan could miss appendicitis?! please help

Is it likely that blood tests and a CT scan could miss appendicitis?! please help

Time, physical exam: A ct scan and blood work is very good. Over time with a physical exam your doctors will evaluate you. The ct scan is one moment in time. If you feel worse go back to emergency. ...Read more

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Could a CT scan miss appendicitis if i wasn't given contrast fluid to drink or wasn't injected with dye?

Could a CT scan miss appendicitis if i wasn't given contrast fluid to drink or wasn't injected with dye?

possibly: That is possible. Contrast should always be given for abdominal and pelvic cts unless there is reduced kidney function or allergies to the dye. ...Read more

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Can a PET scan report miss the presence of appendicitis when the goal is to locate pancreatic tumors?

Can a PET scan report miss the presence of appendicitis when the goal is to locate pancreatic tumors?

PET picks up inflamm: PET scan would ordinarily pick up(show increased uptake) Inflammation(like in acute appendicitis) and growing tumors. it is used for searching all tumors(not only pancreatic Cancer). I hope I have addressed your question. otherwise send me another email with your remaining question. ...Read more

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Could a CT scan miss in abscess on the appendix.. Suspected appendicitis help?

Could a CT scan miss in abscess on the appendix.. Suspected appendicitis help?

Not likely: Ct scan is generally quite sensitive for the diagnosis of appendicitis, and the additional finding of an abscess from appendicitis would usually be seen quite easily. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the most common missed diagnosis for appendicitiis?

Not missed if Examin: Acute appendicitis is a surgical emergency and has to be diagnosed and if diagnosis confirmed by History Physical,Blood count and if imaging if needed to confirm the diagnosis like Cat Scan or ultrasound.If one does not seek medical help the appendix can rupture and cause abscess/peritonitis/sepsis and can be life threatening One can not afford to miss the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal CT miss appendicitis? They checked me for it today but I hurt so bad. I've had fever / diarrhea / chills for days, and i'm stressed.

Can an abdominal CT miss appendicitis? They checked me for it today but I hurt so bad. I've had fever / diarrhea / chills for days, and i'm stressed.

Yes but symptoms: Yes, a CT scan can miss appendicitis. however, your symptoms are not classic for appendicitis. Diarrhea is not usually an early sign. Also, stomach pain tends to localize or concentrate in a particular spot. Did you have a blood test / blood count? Ask to be evaluated by an experienced surgeon based on your clinical signs, rather than relying solely on the CT scan for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is appendicitis?

What is appendicitis?

Inflamed appendix: Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. It usually occurs when there is a blockage in the opening of the appendix, usually by feces. This leads to an overgrowth of the bacteria within the appendix. ...Read more

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