How is gastroenteritis differentiated from pediatric appendicitis?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Adam C Alder, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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The signs and symptoms of appendicitis are nonspecific and are common with other diagnoses. Do not diagnose gastroenteritis rather than appendicitis unless the patient has nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Even with the presence of vomiting and diarrhea, consider the unusual presentations of retrocecal or pelvic appendicitis. Additionally, appendicitis can develop as a sequela of gastroenteritis associated with lymphoid hyperplasia.


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