What treatment is best for appendicitis?

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Appendicitis is when a part of the small intestine (called the appendix) is inflamed.  Each of us has an approximate 7% lifetime risk of having appendicitis.

Why is appenditis important?  Death can result if appendicitis isn’t treated.  If the appendix gets  inflamed, this can lead to an abscess (pus pocket) and if it bursts the infection can be transmitted throughout the abdomen (called peritonitis).

What is the treatment for appendicitis?  Standard of care has been emergent surgical removal of the appendix.  Recent studies (which are weak and may be confounded) have shown  benefit with antibiotics.  There were also no studies done on children, so we are unsure how antibiotics and surgery compare to eachother in the treatment of children.

At this point, if I (or my child) had appendicitis, I would ask for surgical resolution of the problem.



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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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