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Doctor insights on: Other Conditions Mimic Appendicitis

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What other conditions can mimic appendicitis? 8 days abdominal pain low right back pain low appetite constant nausea feel full all time lost 8 lbs

What other conditions can mimic appendicitis? 8 days abdominal pain low right back pain low appetite constant nausea feel full all time lost 8 lbs

RLQ pain: Kidney infection, stones, ovarian problems, other bowel issues, musculoskeletal pain. What you describe is potentially very severe and needs a thoughtful thorough evaluation soon. Go and see your family doctor. If cannot get in quickly go to an ER. Hope you get better soon. Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Appendicitis (Definition)

The inflammation of the appendix which can cause right lower quadrant pain that radiates and ...Read more


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What other common or serious conditions mimic appendicitis?

What other common or serious conditions mimic appendicitis?

Several: Crohn's small bowel disease
illeal lymphadenitis
meckel's diverticulitis
tubal disease in females
diverticulitis
pelvic inflammatory disease gonorrhea
kidney stone on right

many other items. Read more

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I have IBS and it can mimic appendicitis symptoms well. How can I tell if it is appendicitis or just an IBS attack? Thank you.

I have IBS and it can mimic appendicitis symptoms well. How can I tell if it is appendicitis or just an IBS attack? Thank you.

IBS vs appy: Appendicitis is an infection which grows in size (and therefore pain) over the course of several hours and maybe even a day. Pain is usually epigastric then becomes more localized in the right lower quadrant. It is often associated with n/v and a fever. Read more

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Can IBS mimic appendicitis; lower right abdo pain and nausea? If yes, why? Does IBS affect the appendix area? CT showed thickened transverse colon

Can IBS mimic appendicitis; lower right abdo pain and nausea? If yes, why? Does IBS affect the appendix area? CT showed thickened transverse colon

IBS and colon: Colon thickening needs you to follow up with a gastroenterologist to get this checked and even biopsied. Irritable bowel symptoms usually improve with change in diet and taking probiotics. Keep me posted on the follow up with gastro. Read more

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Can IBS mimic appendicities?

Can IBS mimic appendicities?

Different: IBS (irritable Bowel Syndrome) is characterised by a pattern of abdominal pain / bloating with bouts of constipation or diarrhoea that has been present for many months.
Appendicitis is serious and presents intially as pain around the belly button, increasing in intensity over a couple of days, typically becoming a severe pain in the right lower part of your abdomen.
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Which other conditions would cause similar symptoms of appendicitis?

Many conditions: Mesenteric adenitis, crohn's ileitis, meckel's diverticulitis, ovarian cyst rupture, pelvic infections, cecal diverticulitis, foreign body perforation, cholecystitis, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, perforated ulcer, volvulus, cancer. Or just regular gastroenteritis, a stomach ache. That is why you need to see a doctor. Read more

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Is there any other guy conditions that can be confused with appendicitis?

Is there any other guy conditions that can be confused with appendicitis?

Many: There is an excellent volume by cope called the diagnosis of the acute abdomen which has an excellent discussion of almost all the possible conditions which can present in similar fashion. Read more

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Is there any other conditions in women that can be confused with appendicitis?

Is there any other conditions in women that can be confused with appendicitis?

Many: The appendix is located in the right-lower abdomen, often very close to the right ovary and fallopian tube. Any process that causes pain in this region can be confused with appendicitis, including a ruptured ovarian cyst, ovarian torsion, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, etc. By taking a history, examination, lab tests, +/- ct of the abdomen or ultrasound, we can often make the dx. Read more

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What can leave abdominal tenderness besides appendicitis? What other conditions?

What can leave abdominal tenderness besides appendicitis? What other conditions?

Many possibilities: There are many causes of abdominal discomfort, most are benign, such as gastroenteritis, colic or gastritis. On occasion this can be due to other reasons such as stones, kidney or gallstones; or from inflammation, such as pancreatitis. Infections such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, urinary tract infections can occur. Gynecologic reasons can give pain, rarely malignant masses can cause pain. Read more

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I have pain near my belly button extending to my right hip, nausea, chills, lethargy. What should I do? Any other conditions besides appendicitis?

I have pain near my belly button extending to my right hip, nausea, chills, lethargy. What should I do? Any other conditions besides appendicitis?

Some thoughts...: If one has very uncomfortable tummy pain, and is normally in good health, plus is not pregnant, the possibilities include: appendicitis (usually R lower quadrant), colitis, kidney stone (very painful), constipation (crampy), stomach flu, etc... Most people with "moderate pain", more than mild pain, may need a doctor's evaluation to be sure it is not appendicitis, which would need surgery. 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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Who treats appendicitis?

General Surgeons: Appendectomy is the "bread-and-butter" surgery of general surgeons (available 24-7). Read more

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Symptoms of appendicitis.

Symptoms of appendicitis.

Ok: Pain from appendicitis can be midline, rlq, llq or back, or pelvic depending on the location intra abdominal. Or retroperitoneal.
May start central and gradually move to rlq.

Anorexia, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Read more

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What causes appendicitis?

What causes appendicitis?

Appendicitis. ..: Comes from obstruction of the lumen of the appendix which causes inflammation to build up. If it is not recognized early on and appropriately treated, the appendix can rupture, spreading infection elsewhere in the abdomen and causing severe illness. Read more

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Symtoms of an appendicitis?

Symtoms of an appendicitis?

Abdominal Pain: There are many different symptoms. The classic presentation is that of generalized abdominal pain, followed by nausea and vomiting along with fever and chills. The reality is that patients report a multitude of different symptoms. The main complaint is abdominal pain that just doesn't go away after 6 hours. If you are awakened by abdominal pain, and it doesn't go away, see a doc! Read more

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Tell me about appendicitis?

Tell me about appendicitis?

Acute inflammation: The appendix is connected to the large intestine - appendicitis is when the appendix opening is blocked, causing increased pressure and then pain, usually as mid-abdominal pain. As the wall of the appendix stretches and the blood flow decreases, bacterial infection and inflammation causes irritation and the pain localizes to the area around the appendix. The risk is rupture, causing peritonitis. Read more