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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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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.?

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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Does chronic appendicitis exist?

Controversial: There are people who have point tenderness at the location of the appendix but without fever, signs of infection. They may have obstruction of the appendix and have 'pressure' in it. If other issues are disproven, removal may solve the issue. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have chronic appendicitis ?

How do I know if I have chronic appendicitis ?

Difficult diagnosis: Recurring pain in the area of the appendix, (and that location can vary), as well as possible symptoms of fever or other GI symptoms could be consistent with chronic appendicitis. A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis would be helpful. Ultimately, surgery might be necessary to make a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Chronic appendicitis does the pain come and go?

Chronic appendicitis does the pain come and go?

Chronic only : Means that it is not "acute". So yes, pain can come and go. But most doctors don't believe that this entity exists, but "chronic" means repeated bouts of "acute" appendicitis. Other possibilities, such as crohn's ileitis, must be considered. Consult a GI specialist. ...Read more

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What can I do about possible chronic appendicitis?

Term no longer used: Even though possible , if the pain and symptoms are proved to be only from appendix , get it out , but need proof that is the cause.. ...Read more

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What should I do about potential chronic appendicitis?

Appendectomy: Chronic Appendicitis believed by some is a condition in which patients feel recurrent abdominal discomfort or pain in right lower abdomen.nausea/vomiting and fever.the symptoms may be daily or once in a while if a diagnosis of chronic appendicitis is made the best treatment is removal of appendix surgically to prevent potential complications like acute appendicitis,rupture,peritinitis and sepsis ...Read more