Antibiotics may prevent appendicectomy

Thousands of Australians may be having unnecessary appendicectomies, experts say, after research confirmed simple antibiotics often suffice for uncomplicated appendicitis.

Analysing data on 900 hospital patients with uncomplicated acute appendicitis, researchers found initial intravenous antibiotic treatment was safe, effective, and carried significantly lower complication rates than initial surgery.

Patients treated initially with antibiotics were 31% less likely overall to