Acute Appendicitis

Acute Appendicitis

Medical Exams & Diagnosis

Your doctor will obtain a history of your signs and symptoms and do an exam of your abdomen to come up with a diagnosis.

Medical exams used to help in the diagnosis of appendicitis are:

  • Physical exam. Your doctor will use gentle pressure on the painful area. When the pressure is abruptly released, the pain will feel worse. This tells your doctor that the surrounding peritoneum is inflamed. Your doctor will also check for abdominal muscle stiffness as a reaction to pressure over the inflamed appendix.
  • Your doctor may perform a rectal exam to rule out gynecological problems that could be the source of pain in women of childbearing age.
  • Blood test. A high white blood cell count indicates infection.
  • Urine test. A urinalysis will help rule out possible urinary tract infection or a kidney stone as a source of pain.