Antibiotics alternative to appendicectomy

SURGERY may be unnecessary for a majority of acute appendicitis cases, a new study showing most patients recover with antibiotics alone.

Almost 73% of patients given antibiotics for uncomplicated acute appendicitis were successfully treated and did not need appendicectomies in the following 12 months, Finnish researchers found.

 “The time has come to consider abandoning routine [appendicectomy] for patients with uncomplicated appendicitis,” according to US and French experts who wrote an accompanying editorial.

 Despite not proving noninferiority, “many aspects of the trial

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