A young girl in a hospital bed smiles with her father and nurse
A young girl in a hospital bed smiles with her father and nurse
A young girl in a hospital bed smiles with her father and nurse

Pediatric Appendicitis Treatments and Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine specialists diagnose and treat children with appendicitis.

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Johns Hopkins’ specialized pediatric surgeons treat appendicitis in children, and perform appendicitis surgery, known as appendectomy. We take special care to treat our young patients with compassion and gentleness.

Consultations are available in Baltimore, Annapolis, Frederick, Washington, D.C., and York, Pennsylvania.

Signs of Appendicitis in Children

An inflammation of the appendix, known as appendicitis, is an infection or blockage can cause the appendix to swell and become painful.

Most commonly, pain begins near the belly button and travels toward the lower right side of the abdomen. This pain often gets worse with movement, coughing and time.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Loss of appetite

Will your child need an appendectomy? 

The most common emergency abdominal surgery in children is an appendectomy to remove the appendix. Appendicitis is considered an emergency condition, requiring immediate attention. If you think your child may have appendicitis, please have the child evaluated at your local emergency room.

Why choose Johns Hopkins for your child’s appendectomy?

Our specialists use a gentle, child-appropriate approach to diagnosing appendicitis. After assessing your child’s condition, our surgeons will discuss the most appropriate course of treatment.

Care for the Whole Family 

If your child has appendicitis, you probably have many questions. Our care includes clear communication and support for the family. We help you understand every step so you know what’s happening, when and why.

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