Another study backs antibiotics for uncomplicated appendicitis

Both surgery and drug management should be considered for children with uncomplicated disease, say US authors

For children with uncomplicated appendicitis, the success rate of initial treatment with antibiotics is unlikely to differ by age and other factors, according to US research. 

Their research is a planned secondary analysis of a study investigating nonoperative management and surgery for children with uncomplicated appendicitis.

In that study, they found that nonoperative management was successful in 67% of children at one year and led to fewer disability days compared with laparoscopic appendectomy.