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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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.
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.
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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 […]
TUESDAY, Sept. 21 (HealthDay News) — A delay of 12 or more hours before removing the appendix of patients with acute appendicitis does not lead to poorer outcomes, a new study shows.
U.S. researchers analyzed national data from 32,782 patients with acute appendicitis who underwent an appendectomy between 2005 and 2008. Of those patients, 75.2 percent […]