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Antibiotics May Be a Viable Alternative for Appendicitis Surgery

According to several recent studies in Europe, antibiotics can be used to treat appendicitis instead of appendix removal surgery, reports The New York Times. Of the 1,000 participants, 70% of those who took antibiotics needed no further surgery or treatment. Where antibiotics were not effective, subsequent surgeries were completed without any additional risks. Physicians who participated in the study proposed valuable questions regarding when to offer antibiotics and when is this treatment is most cost-effective. Given these questions and the uncertainty associated with appendicitis and its causes, further study regarding the efficacy of antibiotics is warranted.

 

Read the article published by The New York Times.

Read the study published by The New England Journal of Medicine.