London: Patients with suspected appendicitis whose pain gets worse when going over speed bumps are more likely to have acute appendicitis, a new Oxford study has claimed. Clinical diagnosis of acute appendicitis can be difficult and yet it is the most common surgical abdominal emergency. There is no specific clinical diagnostic test for appendicitis, and removing a healthy appendix - which happens often - is best avoided. "It may sound odd, but asking patients whether their pain worsened going over speed bumps on their way in to hospital could help doctors in a diagnosis. It turns out to be as good as many other ways of assessing people with suspected appendicitis," Dr Helen Ashdown of the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford said.
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