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Appendicitis Symptoms

Appendicitis Symptoms in Infants and Children

Infants and young children are usually more difficult to diagnose with appendicitis because they cannot communicate their symptoms with their parents or doctors. Without a clear explanation of symptoms, doctors must rely on a physical exam and less specific symptoms, such as vomiting and fatigue. While toddlers with appendicitis may have trouble eating and may seem unusually sleepy, children with the condition may have constipation or small stools that contain mucus. Although symptoms of appendicitis vary widely among children, parents should contact a healthcare provider immediately if they think that their child has appendicitis.
(Click Appendicitis in Children for more information.)

Appendicitis Symptoms in the Elderly

The elderly often experience less fever and less severe abdominal pain than other people who have appendicitis. Many older adults with appendicitis symptoms do not know that they have a serious problem until their appendix is close to rupturing. Older people should call a healthcare provider immediately if they are experiencing a slight fever and abdominal pain on the right side of their abdomen (stomach).

Other Conditions and Symptoms of Appendicitis

People with certain medical conditions may not experience the common appendicitis symptoms. These conditions may include:
  • Organ transplants
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • The use of immunosuppressive therapy such as steroids
  • Cancer (or the use of chemotherapy).

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