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

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. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more


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What does mild enlargement and stranding noted throughout the appendix mean, rlq pain, diarrhea, normal labs and stool sample normal, what could it be?

What does mild enlargement and stranding noted throughout the appendix mean, rlq pain, diarrhea, normal labs and stool sample normal, what could it be?

Gi: Have you seen a surgeon? Normal labs are not helpful in this case. Could be what we call a smoldering appendicitis. If you are having pain in the rlq should see a surgeon promptly. ...Read more

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Having pain where appendix is located does it always mean it's a appendix problem ?

No: Pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen of a female can be caused by many things including appendicitis, ovarian problems (cysts, torsion, infection), kidney stones, bowel inflammation, pulled muscle, etc. Your history will help a doctor properly diagnose your problem. I recommend seeking medical attention, especially if it persists/gets worse or you have fever or nausea/vomiting. ...Read more

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Can pain in your appendix area definitely mean appendicitis?

Can pain in your appendix area definitely mean appendicitis?

NO: The differential diagnosis of right lower quadrant pain includes: appendicitis, kidney stones, pneumonia, ovarian problems, adenitis ( inflammed nodes, ) meckle's diverticulitis, colonic diverticulitis, crohn's disease, and urinary infection. An evaluation is needed to pinpoint the diagnosis. ...Read more

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8 year old dr said appendix was enlarged but not inflamed. Why?

8 year old dr said appendix was enlarged but not inflamed. Why?

Appendix size: Appendix can be different sizes. Sounds like yours is on the large size, This could certainly be normal for you. ...Read more

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If I don't have appendticis but my appendix is enlarged and the pain isn't going away should I go back to the hospital? Will they remove it?

Possible AP: Appendicitis is not an elongated appendix. It is an inflammatory process in the appendix frequently induced by a stone in the appendix. If the appendix is the problem an x-ray should show a stone or appendicolith , marked thickening and evidence of inflammation. WBC should be elevated and pain present on palpation of RLQ ...Read more

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Because my appendix ruptured does that mean i had pid? Or no?

Because my appendix ruptured does that mean i had pid? Or no?

Possibly: If your ruptured appendix caused inflammation in the pelvis, than yes. Usually pid caused by std's, but in rare cases appendicitis can be s cause. ...Read more

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What does free lying pelvic appendix mean?

What does free lying pelvic appendix mean?

Position: A free lying appendix refers to the position being deeper inwards into your pelvis . For doctors this may explain why most appendicitis patients have abdominal pain in the right lower quadrant while free lying pelvic appendicitis will likely have tenderness usually during a rectal exam. I hope our Healthtap radiologists and surgeons will be able to comment more on this terminology. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged appendix, should I worry about it, my doctor said that I'm fine?

Enlarged appendix: I don't know what test you had done that said your appendix is large. A CT scan can usually show if is suspicious of anything to be concerned about. Although it's rare, an enlarged appendix can indicate a problem. You could have a mucocele or a benign or malignant tumor such as a carcinoid. Colonoscopy can see the opening of the appendix and if you haven't had one, see a gastroenterologist ...Read more

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My ultrasound scan shows that appendix appears hypoechoic, pls can you advice me what this means?, which conditions can cause this appearance on scan?

The outer: muscular wall of the appendix is normally hypoechoic, so it may not mean anything. Whether the appendix is abnormal or not depends on other features, such as wall thickening. ...Read more