An exciting report in the September 15, 1999 Journal of the American Medical Association describes a new test that can answer the question without either the long ordeal of “let’s wait and see” or having exploratory surgery.
When the work-up is inconclusive, an abdominal CT scan with rectal contrast (CTRC) is highly likely to display either a reassuring normal appendix or an inflamed appendix needing to come out! Mystery solved. This cost-effective test will be an invaluable service to our children.
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