Your doctor thinks your child may have appendicitis. This means that your child's appendix may be infected. The appendix is a small sac that is shaped like a finger. It's attached to the large intestine.
Sometimes it's hard to tell if someone has appendicitis. If the doctor thinks it's possible that your child has it, he or she may want to order more tests. Or your doctor may want to wait to see if the symptoms change.
Your doctor thinks it's okay for you to take your child home right now. But you will need to watch for symptoms of appendicitis at home. If your child's symptoms continue or get worse, it's important to call your doctor or get medical care right away. Appendicitis can get serious very quickly. The main treatment is surgery to remove the appendix.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child 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 child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor 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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