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When should I call my doctor about appendicitis?

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Call your doctor if:

  • You have any symptoms of appendicitis; acute appendicitis is a medical emergency that can be fatal. Prompt surgery is often essential. Do not eat, drink, or use any pain remedies, antacids, laxatives, or heating pads, which can cause an inflamed appendix to rupture.
  • You have symptoms of appendicitis, but your appendix has already been removed; you may have a urinary tract infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, diverticulitis, a tubal pregnancy, gastroenteritis, or inflammation of your colon, called colitis or Crohn's disease, or colorectal cancer. Seek medical care immediately.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American College of Surgeons.

Merck Manual. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American College of Surgeons.

Merck Manual. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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