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Appendicitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the infection diagnosed?

Diagnosis of appendicitis begins with a history and physical exam. A healthcare provider will order blood tests. People with appendicitis usually have a higher-than-normal white blood cell count. The cells may look immature, too. Occasionally, the provider will order an abdominal CT scan or ultrasound. Sometimes exploratory surgery must be done.

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Appendicitis: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Michael Peetz, MD
Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
Date Reviewed: 06/01/01

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