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Is ultrasound necessary in determining whether I have appendicitis?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: No.
The diagnosis of appendicitis is made by taking a careful history of one's symptoms, doing a careful physical exam, and performing basic laboratory work.
If the diagnosis is unclear, a ct of the abdomen, or, less frequently, an ultrasound may aid in making the correct diagnosis.

In brief: No.
The diagnosis of appendicitis is made by taking a careful history of one's symptoms, doing a careful physical exam, and performing basic laboratory work.
If the diagnosis is unclear, a ct of the abdomen, or, less frequently, an ultrasound may aid in making the correct diagnosis.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
History and physical exam may be all that is needed.
Commonly in the us a ct scan may be done ultrsound can be helpful in looking for other conditions : gallstones , pelvic cysts etc.

In brief: No
History and physical exam may be all that is needed.
Commonly in the us a ct scan may be done ultrsound can be helpful in looking for other conditions : gallstones , pelvic cysts etc.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery
In brief: Old school
An ultrasound is absolutely not required to diagnose appendicitis.
An "old school" but effective approach to make the diagnosis is to listen to the patient's history, perform a thorough physical examination, and check some basic lab work. An ultrasound can help support the diagnosis, as can a ct scan. But neither is necessary.

In brief: Old school
An ultrasound is absolutely not required to diagnose appendicitis.
An "old school" but effective approach to make the diagnosis is to listen to the patient's history, perform a thorough physical examination, and check some basic lab work. An ultrasound can help support the diagnosis, as can a ct scan. But neither is necessary.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Dr. Steve Martinez
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