Symptoms of Acute Appendicitis


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

List of symptoms of Acute Appendicitis: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Acute Appendicitis includes:

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. 1

More symptoms of Acute Appendicitis: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Acute Appendicitis, underlying causes of Acute Appendicitis, associated conditions for Acute Appendicitis, risk factors for Acute Appendicitis, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from Appendicitis: NIDDK

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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