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Antibiotics may substitute surgery to treat appendicitis

Using surgery to treat appendicitis in children and teens may become a thing of the past as antibiotics proves effective.
Incase you don't know, Appendix is a small organ attached to the large intestine which is mostly seen as the storehouse for bacteria that aids the digestive system. It can become infected or blocked leading to an inflammation known as appendicitis. This inflammation is mostly experienced by children and teens, and usually treated through an operation to remove the appendix.

A new review of 10 previous studies of 413 children over the past 10 years who received non-operative treatment for appendicitis has found no reported safety concerns or adverse events related to non-surgical treatment. However, the recurrence rate of appendicitis was 14 percent in patients who received antibiotic treatment instead of surgery.

According to the author of the study, Nigel Hall, associate professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Southampton, he said "Acute appendicitis is one of the most common general surgical emergencies worldwide and surgery has long been the gold standard of treatment, but it is invasive and costly, not to mention extremely daunting for the child concerned and their family. Our review shows that antibiotics could be an alternative treatment method for children. When we compared the adult literature to the data in our review it suggested that antibiotic treatment of acute appendicitis is at least as effective in children as in adults."

Professor Hall and his team weren't alone on the study, they collaborated with researchers from St. George's Hospital, Adler Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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