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Pediatric Appendicitis

What You Need to Know

Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix. It's a medical emergency.

Key Symptoms

Pain in the belly is the most common symptom. Other symptoms may include vomiting, loss of appetite, fever and other symptoms.


Your child's healthcare provider may order an abdominal ultrasound, CT scan or other tests.


Surgery is the most common treatment for appendicitis. But for some children, the healthcare provider may give antibiotics instead of surgery.


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Providers Who Treat Appendicitis

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