Appendicitis: Are Antibiotics the Answer?

Antibiotics alone may be enough to cure appendicitis, upending a century-old standard of “slicing tiny, inflamed organs from people’s guts” to cure the condition, according to research published this week in JAMA.
 
The large, Finland-based study resolved some questions unanswered by previous randomized trials that suggested antibiotics could treat acute appendicitis on their own.
 
The study found that 2/3 of patients did not require surgery after taking antibiotics for uncomplicated appendicitis. “Going with antibiotics first meant fewer complications and faster recoveries overall,” Beth Mole writes. But what’s the difference in cost? That’s a question for follow-up studies.

Ars Technica

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