The Alvarado score is used to determine whether a patient with abdominal pain and tenderness will likely have appendicitis. The patient is first examined for signs of peritoneal irritation, including rebound tenderness and guarding. Then, the patient gets scored on seven conditions that predict or rule out appendicitis. The conditions include leukocytosis, an elevated C-reactive protein level, an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate, as well as fever, migration of pain to the right lower quadrant, and tenderness that mimics McBurney’s point. The Alvarado score ranges from 0 to 10; a score of 8 or higher indicates that a person has appendicitis

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What is the appendix?

The appendix is a small organ attached to the large intestine. It’s located in your lower-right abdomen, where it curves around and attaches to the first part of your colon (the cecum). The appendix is filled with lymphatic tissue, which helps protect against infections. This tissue can become infected or inflamed for no apparent reason, causing appendicitis.

The definition of appendicitis

Appendicitis is a serious condition, and the complications from appendicitis can be fatal. A perforated appendix is one of the most common causes of death due to appendicitis. A perforated appendix can lead to infection of the abdominal cavity, which may then lead to sepsis. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication that occurs when bacteria enter your bloodstream or infect one or more sites in your body other than where they usually live (such as inside your intestines). It can cause organ failure and even death if not treated quickly enough.

Signs and symptoms of appendicitis

The pain is typically located in the lower right side of your abdomen. You may experience:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever, which becomes more apparent after other symptoms.
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever is typically a low-grade fever that develops after other symptoms
  • Constipation or diarrhea


If the infection spreads to your abdominal cavity, it can cause peritonitis. This is a serious complication that’s treated with antibiotics and surgery.

Peritonitis is an inflammation of the lining of your abdomen (the peritoneum), usually due to bacteria or germs from inside your body. When you have appendicitis, pus forms in your appendix and may spread through your body (pus is white blood cells, dead tissue, and fluid). As this pus travels through your system, it causes swelling and irritation. The symptoms of appendicitis may be mild at first but get worse over a few days until you can’t keep food down or move around without feeling pain. Your belly will look swollen as well because it contains so much fluid from being filled with pus for so long without draining out normally during digestion like other organs do every day when we eat food!

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How to treat appendicitis?

The only effective treatment for appendicitis is surgery to remove the appendix. If your appendix has ruptured or if you have another serious condition, you may need additional procedures or treatment.

Surgery is usually done right away because it’s easier to treat appendicitis as soon as possible before complications develop.

Alvarado Score for appendicitis

The Alvarado score is used to determine whether a patient with abdominal pain and tenderness will likely have appendicitis. The score considers several factors, including fever and rebound tenderness.

The score ranges from 0 (negative) to 10 (positive). A score of 8 or higher indicates that the person has appendicitis.

Example of the usage of the Alvarado score calculator

The Alvarado score ranges from 0 to 10; a score of 8 or higher indicates that a person has appendicitis. The score is based on 7 conditions, known as the Alvarado criteria.

The first three criteria are based on the person’s symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain (grade 1–3)
  • Lethargy (no or mild)
  • Appetite loss (no or mild). These first three findings are scored in a number of points depending on severity.

The next four criteria are based on physical examination findings:

  • Peritoneal signs (positive); this includes guarding, rigidity, and rebound tenderness to palpation over the appendix area when firm pressure is applied for 3 seconds and then released; these findings indicate inflammation around the appendix but cannot confirm appendicitis itself. Each finding gets one point added to your total score if present, with no points added if absent. This means that a total of five out of seven points can be achieved just from these four findings alone!

If you have two or more positive findings from both categories then it is highly likely you have appendicitis!


How do you read an Alvarado score?

A score of 5 or 6 is compatible with the diagnosis of AA, a score of 7 or 8 indicates probable appendicitis, and a score of 9 or 10 indicates very probable appendicitis.

What are the stages of appendicitis?

The stages of appendicitis can be divided into early, suppurative, gangrenous, perforated, phlegmonous, spontaneous resolving, recurrent, and chronic.

What is the main cause of appendicitis?

Appendicitis may be caused by various infections such as viruses, bacteria, or parasites, in your digestive tract.