What are the features of abdominal pain in appendicitis?

Updated: Jul 23, 2018
  • Author: Sandy Craig, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Features of the abdominal pain are as follows:

  • Typically begins as periumbilical or epigastric pain, then migrates to the RLQ [1]

  • Patients usually lie down, flex their hips, and draw their knees up to reduce movements and to avoid worsening their pain

  • The duration of symptoms is less than 48 hours in approximately 80% of adults but tends to be longer in elderly persons and in those with perforation.

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