Appendicitis Diagnosis

How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, exams, processes, and other information relating to the diagnosis of Appendicitis below.


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How to Diagnose Appendicitis

Seek immediate medical care if you have severe pain in the abdomen. Appendicitis can be hard to diagnose. Symptoms vary and can be similar to symptoms of other diseases.

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. The exam will include:

  • A careful examination of the abdomen
  • A rectal exam

Other tests to determine the cause of your pain may include:

  • Blood tests-to see if you have an infection
  • Urine tests-to rule out Urinary Tract Infection
  • CT scan or ultrasound -These tests, which are only helpful in cases of late appendicitis, are used to look for signs of an inflamed appendix or abscess that may be causing the pain.
  • Laparoscopy -A thin, lighted tube is inserted through a small incision near the belly button.

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