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Can ultrasonic abdomen scan miss appendicitis?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

It is possible that ultrasound may not be diagnostic for appendicitis.
It depends on the tech performing the exam, the patient's body size/habitus, the amount of bowel/stool present, the age of the patient, the location of the appendix, whether free fluid is present, and the confidence of the interpreting radiologist.

In brief: Possibly

It is possible that ultrasound may not be diagnostic for appendicitis.
It depends on the tech performing the exam, the patient's body size/habitus, the amount of bowel/stool present, the age of the patient, the location of the appendix, whether free fluid is present, and the confidence of the interpreting radiologist.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Tina Stein
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Some studies show that ultrasound only misses appendicitis 10% of the time however this depends on an experienced operator. If the ultrasound is negative other tests are necessary to exclude appendicitis.
But if positive, the radiation of a ct scan has been avoided.

In brief: Yes

Some studies show that ultrasound only misses appendicitis 10% of the time however this depends on an experienced operator. If the ultrasound is negative other tests are necessary to exclude appendicitis.
But if positive, the radiation of a ct scan has been avoided.
Dr. Tina Stein
Dr. Tina Stein
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