What is the initial focus of the physical exam to evaluate pediatric appendicitis?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Adam C Alder, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Patients’ general state should be observed before interacting with them. The patient’s state of activity or withdrawal may lend information into their condition. The child's gait may be observed if they are well enough to ambulate. A patient in obvious distress with abdominal pain gives the impression of an infectious process; however, other causes must be ruled out.


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