Increased pain while driving over speed bumps

January 31, 2013

Increased pain while driving over speed bumps makes acute appendicitis diagnosis more likely.

Increased pain while driving over speed bumps makes acute appendicitis diagnosis more likely. A prospective questionnaire in 101 patients aged from 17 to 76 years who were assessed for possible appendicitis found that 64 had traveled over speed bumps on their way to the hospital. Of these, 33 of the 34 with a confirmed histologic diagnosis of appendicitis reported increased pain over speed bumps (Ashdown HF, et al. BMJ. 2012;345:e8012).