Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Appendicitis?

Jaime Shalkow, MD


December 09, 2016

CT with oral contrast medium or rectal Gastrografin enema has become the most important imaging study in the evaluation of patients with atypical presentations of appendicitis. Intravenous contrast is usually not necessary.

The diagnosis of appendicitis should not be dismissed if urologic symptoms or abnormal urinalysis findings are present. CRP lacks specificity and cannot be used to distinguish between sites of infection. Complete blood cell tests are inexpensive, rapid, and widely available; however, the findings are nonspecific.

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