Appendicitis is sometimes misdiagnosed as Constipation

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Constipation, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Appendicitis.

The most common treatment for appendicitis is surgery to remove the inflamed appendix. The surgery should not be delayed by more than a day after diagnosis, Diagnosis is mainly through a physical exam to assess the pain and the location of the pain. Imaging tests can help confirm the diagnosis. It is important to rule out other conditions such as urinary tract infections as well as ectopic pregnancy in adult females. Other conditions such as bowel obstruction need to be excluded as well.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Tenderness in lower right abdomen, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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