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When to Seek Medical Care
Call a doctor if there are acute symptoms of middle/lower or right/lower abdominal pain with fever and/or vomiting.
If symptoms of abdominal pain continue for more than four hours, an urgent medical evaluation should be performed at the doctor's office or a hospital's emergency department.
Appendicitis is diagnosed by the classic symptoms of appendicitis and physical examination (the doctor's examination of the patient's abdomen).
Other conditions that cause abdominal pain may mimic the symptoms of appendicitis making the diagnosis more difficult. These conditions include kidney stones, urinary tract infections, hernias, gallstones and gallbladder problems, colitis, diverticulitis, and ovarian or testicular problems.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/8/2014
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