The Hamburger sign is used in the diagnosis of appendicitis.[1] The sign is used to rule out that disease, with the physician inquiring if the patient would like to consume his/her favourite food.[2] If a patient wants to eat, consider a diagnosis other than appendicitis. Anorexia is 80% sensitive for appendicitis.[1] A positive hamburger sign is demonstrated by a patient declining food.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Le, Tao; Bhushan, Vikas; Bagga, Herman Singh (2010). First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK, Clinical Knowledge (7th ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 508. ISBN 978-0-07-162354-4.
  2. ^ a b Virgilio, Christian de; Frank, Paul N.; Grigorian, Areg (10 January 2015). Surgery. Springer. p. 215. ISBN 9781493917266.