Mild Appendicitis Complication Rates Similar for Surgery, Antibiotics

March 25, 2016

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Antibiotics can be used to treat mild appendicitis, but the condition returns in some patients who receive the drugs, researchers report.
Surgical removal of the appendix (appendectomy) has long been the standard treatment for appendicitis, which is when the appendix becomes inflamed and infected.
Millions of appendectomies are performed worldwide […]

Antibiotics Often Enough for Kids’ Appendicitis

December 16, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Treatment with antibiotics alone can be a safe and effective alternative to surgery for children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis, according to a new study.
The study was led by Dr. Peter Minneci and Dr. Katherine Deans, co-directors of the Center for Surgical Outcomes Research at The Research Institute, part […]

Antibiotics May Not Help After ‘Complicated’ Appendectomy

November 2, 2015

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Antibiotics may not reduce the risk of infections in patients who undergo what’s known as a “complicated” appendix removal, a new study finds.
“The traditional teaching is that all patients with complicated appendicitis receive post-operative antibiotics to reduce the risk of wound infection or deep organ space infection,” study […]

Most Appendicitis Cases Should be Treated With Antibiotics, Not Surgery, Doctors Say

June 17, 2015

Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, a new study found that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared the invasive procedure known as appendectomy.

Child’s Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons

October 31, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children and teens with poor access to general surgeons are at increased risk of suffering a ruptured appendix, and the risk is particularly high among young children, a new study finds.
If an infected appendix isn’t removed quickly enough, it can burst or rupture, leading to a serious, […]

Appendix Removal Isn’t Riskier on Weekend, Study Says

October 7, 2013

MONDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) — Having your appendix removed on a weekend is as safe as having the surgery on a weekday, but you may end up paying more, a new study shows.
The findings were to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons in Washington, D.C.
“From what we […]

Massachusetts Health Law Cut Race Gap for Certain Surgeries: Study

October 2, 2013

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) — Blacks and Hispanics in Massachusetts became more likely to have minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery on their appendix and gallbladder after the state’s 2006 health care reforms expanded insurance coverage, a new study finds.
Laparoscopic surgery is the standard of care for appendicitis and inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis). But lack […]

Smoggy Days May Raise Your Odds for Burst Appendix

July 11, 2013

Add another possible health woe to the negative effects of air pollution: A new study suggests that the risk of a burst appendix rises on smoggy days. Data from 12 Canadian cities found that “short-term exposure to ambient ozone [in air] was associated with an increased number of hospital visits for appendicitis,” according to a team led by Dr. Gil Kaplan of the University of Calgary.

Hospital Type Linked to Racial Disparities in Kids With Appendicitis Complication

January 4, 2013

FRIDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) — The type of hospital in which minority children with appendicitis receive care may affect their chances of developing a perforated or ruptured appendix, according to a new study.
However, the study authors said that more research is needed to explain why this racial disparity exists and what steps can […]

Speed Bumps May Aid Appendicitis Diagnosis

December 18, 2012

Speed bumps are great for slowing down heavy-footed motorists, but they might speed up the diagnosis of acute appendicitis, a new study says. Although there is no specific clinical diagnostic test for appendicitis, researchers in Great Britain found that if patients’ abdominal pain got worse while driving over speed bumps, they were more likely to have the condition.

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