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Does a smoldering appendix exist? Had a doctor tell me last week that he did not believe in it. I've had lower right side abdom. Pain for 7 months..
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Dr. Robert Patterson
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: It is possible
During residency many years ago, the chief of surgery talked about folks that had a smoldering appendix.
He felt that folks that started to have appendicitis, for any number of reasons...Improved ( sort of like diverticulitis that strikes off and on for years...After all the appendix if felt by many to just be a "bigger diverticula" of sorts.

In brief: It is possible
During residency many years ago, the chief of surgery talked about folks that had a smoldering appendix.
He felt that folks that started to have appendicitis, for any number of reasons...Improved ( sort of like diverticulitis that strikes off and on for years...After all the appendix if felt by many to just be a "bigger diverticula" of sorts.
Dr. Robert Patterson
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Very, very rare.
Appendicitis usually manifests itself as an acute episode of pain that, left untreated, will lead to rupture within 3-4 days of onset.
Once in a blue moon we will see someone who has had a smoldering process yet they will always have some evidence of inflammation of the appendix on ct scan. If you have had a ct and it is normal, i would search for other causes of this pain.

In brief: Very, very rare.
Appendicitis usually manifests itself as an acute episode of pain that, left untreated, will lead to rupture within 3-4 days of onset.
Once in a blue moon we will see someone who has had a smoldering process yet they will always have some evidence of inflammation of the appendix on ct scan. If you have had a ct and it is normal, i would search for other causes of this pain.
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