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What are the common risk factors for appendicitis?

What are the common risk factors for appendicitis?

Youth, time, genes,: Most commonly occurs ages 10-30, but can occur any age. Cystic fibrosis a risk factor. More common with low fiber intake; more common in males; more common october to may (go figure); after some viral infections (which may be more common in the wintertime), some bacterial or parasitic infections (like amoeba); family history of appendicitis. ...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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Common symptoms of appendicitis?

Common symptoms of appendicitis?

RLQ pain: Most appendicitis is caused by a blockage of the lumen of the appendix. Common causes are fecoliths (small pieces of stool, ) enlarged lymph within the organ, even tumor. The usual presentation is a vague pain in mid abdomen that moves to settle in right lower quadrant, associated with nausea, loss of appetite, and fever. Not diarrhea. Peaks to rupture in 24-72 hrs.Seek attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is appendicitis in children common?

It is : Quite common. And sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose, especially in young children who cannot give an accurate history or cooperate with a physical exam. Take your child to pediatrician if you suspect appendicitis. ...Read more

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Why is appendicitis so common in America?

Early diagnosis: Appendicitis is diagnosed when epigastricdistress shifts to the RLQ of the abdomen. A CAT scan can reveal the appendix and whether there is inflammation or a calculus and if necessary surgery is perfomed stat. In European countries use of CAT is limited and immediate surgery probably with signs of peritonitis ...Read more

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What are the most common signs of appendicitis?

What are the most common signs of appendicitis?

The early symptoms: Of appendicitis are abdominal pain that starts diffusely or around the bellybutton and then localizes to the right lower quadrant (rlq) of the abdomen; some nausea, maybe with vomiting; and decreased appetite (anorexia). Early signs of appendicitis are abdominal tenderness that ultimately localizes to the rlq; there is discomfort with movement (e.g., the bumps in the road cause pain). ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of appendicitis?

Typical symptoms: Sudden pain begins on right side of the lower abdomen. Sudden pain can begin around navel and often shifts to lower right abdomen.Pain worsens if cough, walk or make other movements.Nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite,low-grade fever that may worsen as the illness progresses.Constipation or diarrhea sometimes abdominal bloating. ...Read more

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How to tell if these are symptoms common for appendicitis?

How to tell if these are symptoms common for appendicitis?

If worried, see doc: The classic symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant (RLQ) of the abdomen, some nausea and vomiting, and lack of appetite. On exam, there is RLQ tenderness. If the appendix has ruptured, pain and tenderness may be throughout the abdomen. Labs generally show elevated white blood count. Abdominal ultrasound or CT scan are increasingly used for Dx. ...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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