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Hello, First, let me thank you in advance for taking your time to review my question and possibly provide some guidance. Let me start by advising you that I am a personal-injury attorney and I have a client who had his appendix removed after rupture. As directed, my client followed with his family physician,and complained of pain between his shoulder blades into shoulders right/left. Client also returned to work sooner than advised. As time would have it, my client returned from a business trip some 4 years later and the airport transit collided with a tree/vehicle/totaled. My client had cervical fusion w/hardware less than 2 1/2 months from MVC. My clients post appendectomy cervical,upper thoracic pain is now the auto liability ins carriers excuse for non-payment.4 years separated the like-kind pain. Can you direct me to any articles/treatises to support post-appendectomy cervical/upper thoracic issues? Again, thank you in advance for your courtesies. Wade


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replied March 9th, 2010
Appendix and Appendicitis Answer A10527
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Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out. Any pathology which is in the vicinity of the diaphragm like acute cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation), any collection of pus under the diaphragm, any liver disease in which the liver is enlarged and irritates the diaphragm can produce radiating pains to the right shoulder as the diaphragm and right shoulder have similar nerve supply.

However, I have not heard of an appendix surgery leading to the radiating pain in the shoulder, cervical or upper thoracic pain. I sincerely hope this information helps.This information is purely based on the medical history provided. For the exact diagnosis & treatment, a physical examination and investigations are a must. Take care.



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