How is CT scanning used in the diagnosis of appendicitis?

Updated: Jul 23, 2018
  • Author: Sandy Craig, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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CT scanning may also be used to detect atypically located acute appendicitis, including inguinal or femoral canal, subhepatic, retrocecal, intraperitoneal abdominal midline as well as left side in situs inversus or intestinal malrotation patients. [43] In this setting, patients may have an atypical presentation that causes a misleading or confusing diagnosis.


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