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What are some of the tests for Appendicitis?

What are some of the tests for Appendicitis?

The tests for Appendicitis include:: Complete blood count, CT of abdomen, Ultrasound of abdomen, Urinalysis, MRI of abdomen and pelvis. ...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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Is there one best test to diagnose appendicitis?

Is there one best test to diagnose appendicitis?

CAT scan: Good history and physical exam labs and if needed a cat scan to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests needed to confirm appendicitis?

What are the tests needed to confirm appendicitis?

Appendectomy: The only foolproof method of diagnosing appendicitis is to surgically remove the appendix. We may suspect appendicitis based on symptoms & exam findings; a ct of the abdomen can be very helpful in certain cases. However, when suspected, it is best to remove the appendix rather than wait for rupture to occur. ...Read more

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How accurate are blood tests for appendicitis?

How accurate are blood tests for appendicitis?

Not diagnositic: Blood test do not diagnose appendicitis, elevated blood cell counts in a person with right lower quadrant pain support the diagnosis. Imaging studies are more reliable than blood tests. ...Read more

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How do doctors test for appendicitis?

How do doctors test for appendicitis?

CT Scan: Acute appendicitis is diagnosed by the history, physical exam, a blood test to see if there is an infection, and ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis which is very sensitive at detecting acute appendicitis or complications of appendicitis. ...Read more

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If there a test for appendicitis, like pushing on your belly or something?

If there a test for appendicitis, like pushing on your belly or something?

Yes: If you have acute abdominal pain and a fever, go the emergency room or your doctor and they will examine you and take a blood test. When they push on your abdomen, they will look for a "rebound" sign or if you have tenderness on the right. If the doctor thinks you have appendicitis, they will order a ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis which is extremely sensitive at detecting acute appendicitis. ...Read more

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I was told last nite I possibly had appendicitis they sent me home all my tests were normal but the pain and nausea are still there what do you recom?

Call your MD: I would say that unless something was missed on the cat scan, that you may want to either call the hospital about your concern, call your family doctor, or go back. I would also suggest that you ask to see a surgeon before leaving this time. Sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Can appendicitis show up in blood test I have had pain 8 weeks on and off?

Can appendicitis show up in blood test I have had pain 8 weeks on and off?

Usually not unless: It is acute appendicitis, which it doesn't sound like if you had pain for 8 weeks. A more accurate modality would be imaging tests, such as ultrasound or ct. But these are diagnostic tests too and they have their limits. Ask your doctor or surgeon what do to now. ...Read more

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I have been having pain the last 8 weeks, can a blood test rule out appendicitis, can you have pain for dat long on and off wit appendix?

I have been having pain the last 8 weeks, can a blood test rule out appendicitis, can you have pain for dat long on and off wit appendix?

Abdominal pain: It would be unusual for pain lasting 8 weeks to be from appendicitis. This could be due to constipation, irritable bowel or other GI or gyn related issues.

You can and should have a routine set of labs and follow up with your pcp and GI doctor if the pain has been for that period of time. ...Read more

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I thought I had appendicitis so I made a urine test, still not out. What other diseases can show in that test other than appendix? Or is it only appe

That's just wrong: Please forgive me. Maybe I misunderstood. Neither scientific urinalysis or any "pop" test you do on your urine at home has any role in the diagnosis of real appendicitis. Please be more discerning. There's even a cruel internet prank that directs women to self-diagnose pregnancy using home chemical -- totally made up. If you're sick, get with your physician. ...Read more

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Had numerous tests drs unsure what's wrong possibly chronic appendicitis. Should I pursue and see surgeon or drop since pains mild started in oct 2012.?

Up to you: It depends on how bad it is. Sounds like it is not something life threatening or severe, so watching it or getting a surgical opinion are both reasonable. ...Read more

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Can normal ultrasound of Appendix along with repeated normal blood tests over days rule out appendicitis?

Appendicitis: Appendicitis classically starts as pain around belly button, migrating to the right lower abdomen. Nausea starts before the pain if present, not hungry, and the pain is worse with movement. Symptoms progress over 24-36 hours. Not everyone has classic presentation. Symptoms longer than 48 hours suggest no appendicitis. Best test is ct scan. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Appendicitis pain 5 days, ER gave me ultrasound and blood tests. Said no sign of appendicitis. Pain continues. Positive McBurney. Appendicitis likely?

Common appy imitator: In general, the new CT scanners are very good at picking up appendicitis. There is another fairly common condition called mesenteric adenitis which present almost exactly like appendicitis but it's usually due to a virus and resolve on its own. Again, in general, if your lab work is normal and the CAT scan is normal appendicitis extremely unlikely ...Read more

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I have been suffering with symptoms of appendicitis for 6 years and all test have shown nothing other than minimal elevation in white blood cells. And?

Chronic appendicitis: Without knowing what your symptoms are and what tests were performed to rule out appendicitis, it is difficult to know how to advise you. You might be best off with a full consult from Healthtap prime, especially if you have copies of the tests that have been performed. Happy to help if you do. ...Read more

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If I had HIV when I had a blood test for appendicitis would it show up?

Only: If a specific blood test was ordered to check for hiv. That test is not always performed for every patient having surgery, especially since your surgery for appendicitis was urgently needed. ...Read more

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Where do you put your hand to test for appendicitis doing rebound test?

Where do you put your hand to test for appendicitis doing rebound test?

Right lower quadrant: Typically the "rebound" for acute appendicitis is elicited in the right lower quadrant. However, "rebound" can be elicited from anywhere in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Can being on antibiotics change the outcome of a blood test? Can antibiotics mask infection (eg. Appendicitis, etc.)?

Can being on antibiotics change the outcome of a blood test? Can antibiotics mask infection (eg. Appendicitis, etc.)?

Yes: Do not know what "blood test" you are referring to, but the answer is yes for some. Antibiotics can mask the clinical manifestations of infection without curing the process, including appendicitis. ...Read more