What are the signs of trouble with the appendix?

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What are the signs of trouble with the appendix?

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Signs of Appendicitis usually start with abdominal pain. Usually around the belly button first, and then it can move down into the right side kind of low down. The pain can get worse with time, can cause even eventually trouble walking, a lack of appetite, vomiting, fever and then intense pain. If the appendix is ruptured, sometimes children actually feel relief for a short while, but the problem with that is the fluid inside the appendix that has come out, puts them in higher risk for infection and complications and if that were to happen they might actually need antibiotics before surgery to repair the appendix. The tricky thing about appendicitis is that if you have a child less than 2 or a child that can't talk to you about their pain yet, you can easily miss appendicitis and often time kids on that age group are already ruptured before the time they seek medical attention. If you suspect that your child is having an abdominal pain or is getting worse with time, you should see your doctor right away because ruptured appendicitis can be life threatening.

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Tamiko Jordan, MD

General Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jordan was born in Riverside, California and received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has since worked in many different settings.  Currently she is an attending pediatrician at the Altamed General Pediatric Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she teaches pediatric residents and sees her own patients in private practice.  She has been featured on ABC7 and FOX11 news as well as the Patt Morrison Show on 89.3 KPCC.  Her latest project is the asthma clinic at Altamed, where she can spend more time educating patients and parents about optimizing their asthma care and minimizing ER visits and lost school days.  

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