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- A piece of dried stool
- A piece of food
- Scar tissue
- Barium after an exam
- Overgrowth of the lymph tissue of the appendix
- Starts as discomfort around the belly button
- Usually moves to the right side of the abdomen over several hours
- May be in a different location if the appendix is not in the usual place
- Increases as redness and swelling in the appendix builds
- Worsens with sneezing, coughing, and deep breathing
- May increase with movement
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Abdomen feels hard and is sensitive to touch
- Mild diarrhea
- Slight fever
- Pain becoming stronger and spreading across the abdomen
- Increasing fever
- A careful examination of the abdomen
- A rectal exam
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
American College of Surgeons http://www.facs.org
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Healthy U http://www.healthyalberta.com
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- Review Date: 11/2014 -
- Update Date: 06/23/2014 -
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