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Three weeks after apparently uneventful surgical recovery from a laproscopic appendectomy I have a new soreness in the area of the appendix. Can infection take as long as three weeks to manifest?

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?

No..... several meds for other chronic conditions: levothyroxin, pantoprazole carvidilol, simvastatin and avodart

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

Newly allergic to amoxicilllin...

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I really do not think so....This surgery was necessitated by the accidental discovery of appendicitis after I reported to an ER with allergic reaction to amoxicillin. Blood count was 17's so PA ordered CAT scan and found the appendicitis...Surgery was laproscopic and recovery has been uneventful, other than a coincidental bout of bronchitis now on the wane...

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what does your surgeon say

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
distant emergency surgery-- have not talked with him or anyone else re: this...

OK.

Yes, you can have a post operative infection that smoulders and then manifests.

You need an exam now, maybe a CT scan to look./

It can also be scar tissue formation, but usually this would take longer.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Just a preliminary question: Is it usually the case that infection takes three weeks to manifest in such a situation? or is it less likely? I will of course see dr. tomorrow if this persists.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Great! That's what I'll do.... thanks!

It is not uncommon, in fact.

Post surgical infection typically manifests anywhere up to 6 weeks after surgery.

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