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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.

Marijuana, Real or Fake, Can Lead to Unusual Gastro Problem

October 22, 2012

The regular use of either natural or synthetic marijuana can lead to severe nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, according to two sets of new case studies. This little-known condition, called cannabinoid hyperemesis, is a serious burden to the health care system because doctors often use expensive diagnostic tests and ineffective treatments in an effort to identify the cause of the patient’s symptoms and treat them, the researchers said.

Surgery May Beat Antibiotics for Appendicitis, Study Finds

May 5, 2011

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) — Although some researchers believe antibiotics can often cure appendicitis, surgery remains the more effective treatment, French investigators suggest.
Uncomplicated appendicitis may be treated with antibiotics alone, but complicated appendicitis, where the appendix is perforated, requires surgery, and it is difficult to discern between the two, the researchers […]


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