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What is appendicitis in children?
What are the risk factors for appendicitis in children?
Appendicitis affects 1 in 1,000 people living in the U.S. Most cases of appendicitis occur between the ages of 10 and 30 years.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches appendicitis
Appendicitis can be an emergency situation. The General Surgery Program at Boston Children's has surgeons ready day and night to diagnose appendicitis and then remove your child's appendix, either before or after it has ruptured.
Appendicitis is the most common childhood surgical emergency, but the diagnosis can be challenging, especially in children, often leading to either unnecessary surgery in children without appendicitis, or a ruptured appendix and serious complications when the condition is missed.
Emergency medicine physicians and scientists at the Proteomics Center at Boston Children's have demonstrated that a protein detectable in urine might serve as a "biomarker" for appendicitis, potentially allowing diagnosis in a matter of minutes.
When should you call your child's doctor?
Since an infected appendix can rupture and be a life-threatening problem, please call your health care provider or go to the emergency room immediately if your child has these symptoms:
If you believe your child may have appendicitis, contact your physician immediately, or call 911.
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