Your doctor thinks you may have appendicitis. This means that your appendix may be infected. The appendix is a small sac that is shaped like a finger. It's attached to your large intestine.
Sometimes it's hard to tell if a person has appendicitis. It is especially hard to tell in children, pregnant women, and older adults. If your doctor thinks it's possible that you have appendicitis, he or she may want to order more tests. Or your doctor may want to wait to see if your symptoms change.
Your doctor thinks it's okay for you to go home right now. But you will need to watch for symptoms of appendicitis at home. If your symptoms continue or get worse, it's important to call your doctor or nurse call line or get medical care right away. Appendicitis can get serious very quickly. The main treatment is surgery to remove your appendix.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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