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What Are the Symptoms of Appendicitis?

Appendicitis Symptoms in Infants and Children

In general, appendicitis in infants and young children is more difficult to diagnose. This is because young children generally cannot communicate their symptoms with their parents or doctors. Without a clear explanation of what is wrong, doctors must rely on a physical exam and less specific symptoms, such as vomiting and fatigue.
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 doctor immediately if they think that their child is experiencing possible symptoms.
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Symptoms of Appendicitis in the Elderly

The elderly tend to 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 patients should call a doctor immediately if they are experiencing a slight fever and pain on the right side of their abdomen.

Symptoms of Appendicitis During Pregnancy

Women who are in their third trimester are especially at risk for appendicitis. In addition, many women who develop appendicitis during pregnancy do not experience the common signs. Therefore, pregnant women who experience pain on the right side of their abdomen should contact a doctor immediately.

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