Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: BMJ | 2010/06/23

Q.

Re post 1076 - appendix

Dear Doc

Thank you for your advise. I took my son to the dr. She examined him and said that although his pain is right where appendix concern is, he does not have a fever and he is still eating which is not classic appendicitis. She said we must give him till tomorrow. If the pain and tenderness persist she will do an ultrasound and xray. In the meantime if his symptoms change or get worse I must call her immediately.

Can you please explain to me what a grumbling appendix is?

Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

A grumbling appendix is an old term which was used for chronic appendicitis. Your son did not have any symptoms to suggest that he had appndicitis previously. He has every sign of acute appendicitis and should be seen by a surgeon.

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