Appendicitis: Jump to Make the Diagnosis

October 1, 2006
Virginia Jethro, PA-C

Diagnosing the cause of abdominal pain in a child can be difficult. When I suspect appendicitis, I ask the patient to jump down from the exam table. If this causes no pain, the diagnosis is most likely not appendicitis. Pain indicates rebound tenderness, and further workup is likely needed.

Diagnosing the cause of abdominal pain in a child can be difficult. When I suspect appendicitis, I ask the patient to jump down from the exam table. If this causes no pain, the diagnosis is most likely not appendicitis. Pain indicates rebound tenderness, and further workup is likely needed.

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