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Symptoms of Acute Appendicitis

Symptoms of Acute Appendicitis: Introduction

The symptoms of acute appendicitis can vary between individuals. The well-known classic symptoms of acute appendicitis include abdominal pain in the right lower area of the abdomen that gets progressively sharp and more intense. People with acute appendicitis often have tenderness in the right lower area of the abdomen when it is pressed. This area is where the appendix is located and is called McBurney's point. The pain and tenderness typically increase when a healthcare provider releases pressure from McBurney's point after pressing. This is called rebound tenderness.

Not all people with acute appendicitis will experience this type of abdominal pain. Abdominal pain may also occur in other areas of the abdomen and can vary in severity and type. In early acute appendicitis, the abdominal pain may be located around the navel or belly button area then later move to McBurney's point as acute appendicitis progresses.

Other symptoms of acute appendicitis can include chills, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal distension, bloating, fever, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

Acute appendicitis can also lead to serious complications, especially if left untreated. These include ruptured appendix, abscess and peritonitis. These complications can lead to sepsis, shock and death if not treated emergently.

Symptoms of ruptured appendix and peritonitis include severe abdominal pain, high fever, chills, change in consciousness, cold, clammy skin, rapid pulse and low blood pressure (hypotension)....more about Acute Appendicitis »

Symptoms of Acute Appendicitis

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Acute Appendicitis includes the 18 symptoms listed below:

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Acute Appendicitis: Complications

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Acute Appendicitis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Acute Appendicitis?

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Acute Appendicitis:

Anyone with symptoms needs to see a doctor immediately. Symptoms include

  • Pain in the right side of the abdomen. The pain usually begins near the navel and moves down and to the right. The pain becomes worse when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing, and being touched in the area.

  • Nausea.

  • Vomiting.

  • Constipation.

  • Diarrhea.

  • Inability to pass gas.

  • Low fever that begins after other symptoms.

  • Abdominal swelling.

Not everyone has all symptoms. It is important that people with symptoms of appendicitis not take laxatives or enemas to relieve constipation because these medicines could cause the appendix to burst. People also should not take pain medicine because it can mask symptoms that the doctor needs to know about. (Source: excerpt from Appendicitis: NIDDK)

Acute Appendicitis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Acute Appendicitis, it is also important to consider Acute Appendicitis as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Acute Appendicitis may cause:

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Acute Appendicitis: Onset and Incubation

Incubation period for Acute Appendicitis: usually 2 to 48 hours for acute appendicitis

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Acute Appendicitis. This signs and symptoms information for Acute Appendicitis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Acute Appendicitis signs or Acute Appendicitis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Acute Appendicitis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Acute Appendicitis symptoms.


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