Can Appendicitis in Children Be Treated Without Surgery?

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Uncomplicated acute appendicitis could be treated without surgery in children, says a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study included 77 patients who chose non-operative management (treatment with antibiotics) and 47 patients who decided upon surgery. Results showed patients in the non-operative group were disabled for fewer days (3 vs. 17 days) and returned to school quicker (3 vs. 5 days). In patients who opted for antibiotics, quality of life scores were higher in both the child and parent; however these children had longer hospital stays (38 vs. 20 hours). Since the primary outcome (30-day success rate) was met, researchers concluded that non-surgical management is a feasible option for children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis. More studies will need to be conducted to judge longer-term success.

Can Appendicitis in Children Be Treated Without Surgery?
Can Appendicitis in Children Be Treated Without Surgery?

Forgoing surgery to remove the appendix may not be an option for all kids, researchers say, but just three of 30 children who tried the antibiotics-only route ended up needing surgery. Although the cause of appendicitis is not known, Minneci said it may often occur when a piece of feces blocks ...

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