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Son has enlarged appendix but not inflamed. What does it mean?

normal

I presume that the character of the appendix was found on ultrasound or CT abdominal examination. Baseline diameter of appendix is about 5-6mm. However there are exceptions with appendix distended by air or fluid and having a larger diameter. If no inflammation associated with it and no large blocking stone ,appendicolith, then appendix is normal. It is normal variation being larger than expected
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Dr. Mary B. Engrav answered:

Having pain on the lower right handside abdomen having pain on the lower right handside abdomen,what to do,i consulted an doctor and she told it could be symptoms of appendix and i need to take a scan to confirm,and if its confirmed and emergency operat

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Any abdominal pain is always concerning for patients, and rightfully so. If a patient has new or persistent pain that lasts over several hours, they need to have medical evaluation. If a patient has vomiting or fever they need immediate medical evaluation. Typically, appendicitis starts in the upper abdomen, then the pain moves down to the right lower abdomen. It is usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and sometimes by fever. The patient often does not want to eat and has no appetite. Pain in the right lower abdomen should always raise suspicion for appendicitis. To evaluate for appendicitis, often a CT scan is performed. CT scans usually, though not always, show the appendix to show if it is enlarged or appears infected.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

It's been over a month since I had my appendix removed and a cyst from my ovary and its still painful to have sex? What does this mean? Im worried!

See an OB/GYN

You may have another cyst, there may be a residual focus of inflammation where your appendix and cyst were removed, there may be scar tissue in the area. Go see the person who did the surgery and get this worked out, and hope you feel better soon.
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What does an inflamed appendix feel like?

Variable

May start with mild pain around the belly button which worsens over time. It can become sharp with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting & possibly fever. The pain usually moves toward the right lower quadrant of abdomen. Bouncing or jolting will often make the pain worse. Appendicitis can have varying presentations, so if you have severe abdominal pain it is best to get emergent evaluation.
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Dr. Irina Kovatch answered:

I supposedly have an intussuscepted appendix. Surgery has been offered, but I don't know what to do. Any recommendation?

surgery

Intussusception in adults may be caused by a tumor (e.g. tumor at the tip of the appendix acts as a lead point that causes it to intussuscept). No surgery is without a risk, but if there are no contraindications to surgery with general anesthesia, it is an indicated procedure in this case. The tumor, if present, may be too small to be detected by imaging studies.
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Dr. Robert Dorsey answered:

I want my appendix out so I know I will never get appendicitis. What can I do to get an appendectomy?

nothing

the only way to get an appendicitis is to have the lumen of your appendix to become obstructed.
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Dr. Dan E. Fisher answered:

Why is popcorn one of the only foods that can cause an appendix to rupture? How does it cause this? What other foods could cause this? GI Docs?

Not true.

Appendiceal rupture has nothing to do with the kinds of food you eat. This is an old wive's tale. Rupture is caused by a combination of pressure and erosion of bacteria through the wall of the appendix or surrounding tissue. You may eat all the popcorn you wish.
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Dr. David Earle answered:

My appendix ruptured and doctor said my body "walled the infection off" does that mean an abscess ? And also does that mean the infection did not spill into my entire abdomen?

No, and yes

No, it doesn't necessarily mean an abscess, but it could turn in to one. Yes, the infection did not spill into the entire abdominal cavity. In this situation, usually you avoid operating in the acute setting, then have to decide whether or not to remove the appendix 6-8weeks (or more) down the road.
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sharp throbbing pain right pelvic area and some nausea and I do not have an appendix what could be the cause would scar tissue cause this ?

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You could have an ovarian cyst, or ovarian torsion or diverticulitis or an abscess or an iliac aneurysm or adhesions. You need a thorough exam and some lab work to start.
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