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How to know if it is Appendix: Symptoms and diagnosis

The main symptom of appendicitis is abdominal pain that begins in the center of the abdomen or navel and migrates to the right side over the hours, it may also be accompanied by a lack of appetite, vomiting and fever around 38ºC. It is important that the doctor is consulted so that the symptoms are evaluated and that some tests are indicated to confirm the diagnosis.

The diagnosis is confirmed by the doctor, with physical evaluation by palpation of the abdomen, and tests such as blood count and ultrasound, which can detect the signs of inflammation typical of appendicitis.

Como saber se é apendicite: sintomas e diagnóstico

Signs and symptoms

If you think you may have an appendicitis, check the symptoms to find out what your chances are :

1. Abdominal pain or discomfort

2. Severe pain in the lower right side of the belly

3. Nausea or vomiting

4. Loss of appetite

5. Persistent low fever (between 37.5o and 38o)

6. General malaise

7. Constipation or diarrhea

8. Swollen belly or excess gas.

In the presence of symptoms of appendicitis, it is important to go to the emergency room as soon as possible so that the diagnosis is confirmed and complications can be prevented, such as drilling, which makes abdominal pain more intense and spreads throughout the abdomen, Besides that, fever can become higher and be accompanied by an increase in heartbeat.

-How to confirm if it is appendicitis

The diagnosis of appendicitis is made by the doctor through the evaluation of the signs and symptoms presented by the person and physical examination, which includes palpation of the abdomen to detect changes suggestive of inflammation.

Besides that, the doctor indicates that some tests are performed to rule out other causes of pain on the right side of the abdomen and confirm appendicitis, like laboratory tests, such as blood count and urine test, and imaging exams, like X-ray of the abdomen, computed tomography and ultrasound, which is usually performed on children.

Symptoms of appendicitis can vary from person to person, and pain on the right side of the abdomen can have several other causes and, therefore, it can be difficult to confirm the diagnosis in some cases. Anyway, it is important that the person goes to the emergency room if he has symptoms of appendicitis.

How is the treatment?

Treatment for appendicitis consists of surgery to remove the appendix, called appendectomy, to prevent organ rupture. This surgery can take about 60 minutes and can be done by laparoscopy or conventional surgery.

The use of antibiotics may also be indicated before and after the procedure to avoid generalized infection, which may occur in the event of rupture of the appendix.

(Reference - https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/appendicitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20369543#:~:text=Sudden pain that begins on,Nausea and vomiting)

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