Signs of Appendicitis in Children

Dr. Kevin Buckwalter practices family medicine in Henderson, Nevada, where he regularly sees patients with common childhood illnesses. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter also has built extensive experience treating patients in a hospital setting.

Stomach aches are one of the most common everyday symptoms in children, and parents can find it difficult to tell when the pain signals something more serious than gas or constipation. Appendicitis stands out as a more serious cause of stomach pain, particularly as its symptoms can be vague in children. Adults typically present with a classic symptomatology that includes lower-right quadrant pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. However, physicians have found that these symptoms do not necessarily indicate appendicitis in children.

In conducting an in-depth study of pediatric appendicitis, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center found that a more reliable predictor is rebound tenderness in the lower-right abdomen. If a child has appendicitis, applying pressure to the lower belly and subsequently letting go will more than likely worsen the pain. In addition, appendicitis pain in children typically begins around the navel and travels to the lower right. Physicians recommend that parents in doubt seek medical attention.

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Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Flu Therapy

Since 2002, Kevin Buckwalter, MD, has been providing care to patients of his family practice in Henderson, Nevada. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter completed his medical studies at Ross University and went on to intern with the department of surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, works together with Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to provide patient care, educate students in health related professions, and advance medical knowledge through research. Established as a gift from the Milton S. Hershey Foundation in 1963, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center currently provides a variety of state-of-the-art treatment techniques and top-notch medical care to the residents of Pennsylvania.

This past flu season more than a dozen patients were referred to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to receive an advanced form of therapy generally reserved for critically ill patients. The therapy, known as ECMO, uses a pump to circulate blood in patients suffering from flu-related virus. With the proper equipment and trained staff, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was able to provide this service for patients who had come from as far away as Syracuse, New York.