UMEM Educational Pearls

Children & Appendicitis 

  • Vomiting may be the first sign. 
  • Children may not experience anorexia and may actually request food. 
  • Most young children have perforation at the time of diagnosis.
  • Children younger than 2 years of age may have generalized symptoms such as irritability and tachypnea
  • Ultrasonography is useful in evaluation of thin children but is very operator dependent.
  • CT with oral contrast and i.v. contrast may be needed to differentiate intraabdominal structures in thin children