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Neck and back injuries, abdominal pain. Had car accident. Appendix damage?

I have been in a automobile accident . I have had some neck and back injuries. I have also noticed a pain on the right side of my lower abdomen . I didnt notice it for about 3 days or so.. its right next to my hip bone . Im not coughing up blood or anything and sometimes I dont even notice its there but now when I touch that area I can def tell its there and i think its starting to get a little worse. A doctor said that its where the appendix is located but he said if your not dizzy or you didnt experience symtoms right away than its probably not caused from the accident and I should just keep an eye on it. I have never had a pain like this before the accident so Im wondering if the seatbelt could have damaged my appendix or given me a hernia or something.
Asked On : Tue, 4 Dec 2012
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Apr 2013
Hi. If you prove that this is appendix damage due to car accident I d like you to send me all infos because i wanna public this as case study:)) There are plenty of organs which can be damaged and incidence of appendix injury is probably 0.000001%. So you should think of the most common disorders first. Did you check(x-ray) pelvic bones and lumbal spine. Pain can be felt due to even small fractures. Just dont worry, I think its nothing but...
I am an author of the book "Abdominal trauma-for medical students" and I want to inform you that abdominal injuries can have very unspecific clinical presentation. It is not necessary to have symptoms right after the trauma, even more then 5 days can pass.Seatbelt can cause variety of injuries especially of the spleen and small intestines, but its very hard for hernia to develop. The most dangerous disorders that can occur are intraabdominal bleeding and hollow organs perforation followed by infection and sepsis. You obviously dont have bleeding, but organ injuries and abdominal infection should be ruled out. The best way to do it is ultrasonography or CT scan. Check your red blood count and inflammatory parameters.
Answered: Thu, 6 Dec 2012
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