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Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Appendicitis

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Appendicitis isa painful inflammation of the appendix. It can be life-threatening if ignored and the appendix ruptures. More than 5 percent of people in the United States will develop appendicitis at some point during their lives, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. It may be difficult to distinguish appendicitis from gas or other abdominal pain, the ...

Could Your Colonoscopy Raise Your Risk for Appendicitis?

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – A colonoscopy can save your life by detecting and removing colon cancer, but it might also trigger appendicitis, a new study suggests. Experts aren't sure exactly why that happens, and, fortunately, it's rare. And it shouldn't stop you from getting a colonoscopy, according to lead researcher Dr. Marc Basson. "Having a colonoscopy, or something about a colonoscopy, ...

Surgery or Antibiotics for Appendicitis? Here's What Patients Chose

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Even though appendicitis often resolves with the use of antibiotics, the overwhelming majority of Americans would opt for surgery instead, a new survey finds. Only about one in every 10 adults surveyed in the new study said they'd use antibiotics to ease an inflamed appendix, according to a team led by surgeon Dr. Marc Basson, of the University of North Dakota School ...

Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids' Appendicitis?

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – Skipping surgery and treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone may be a safe approach for many children, a new analysis suggests. Reviewing 10 studies on more than 400 young patients, researchers found that nonsurgical treatment for an inflamed appendix appeared effective overall. But, appendicitis recurred in 14 percent of patients, and the study authors urged more ...

The 7 Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries

Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – Seven types of operations, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, account for four out of five emergency general-surgery deaths in the United States, a new study reports. The procedures are: partial removal of the large or small intestine; surgery to repair a bleeding or torn ulcer; separating abdominal organs that have adhered to each other; appendix ...

Mild Appendicitis Complication Rates Similar for Surgery, Antibiotics

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – Antibiotics can be used to treat mild appendicitis, but the condition returns in some patients who receive the drugs, researchers report. Surgical removal of the appendix (appendectomy) has long been the standard treatment for appendicitis, which is when the appendix becomes inflamed and infected. Millions of appendectomies are performed worldwide each year, including ...

Antibiotics Often Enough for Kids' Appendicitis

Posted 16 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 – Treatment with antibiotics alone can be a safe and effective alternative to surgery for children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis, according to a new study. The study was led by Dr. Peter Minneci and Dr. Katherine Deans, co-directors of the Center for Surgical Outcomes Research at The Research Institute, part of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. ...

Appendicitis Can Often Be Treated With Antibiotics

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 – Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, a new study found that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared the invasive procedure known as appendectomy. "For more than a century, appendectomy has been the standard treatment," said the study's lead author Dr. Paulina Salminen, of Turku University Hospital ...

Child's Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons

Posted 31 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 – Children and teens with poor access to general surgeons are at increased risk of suffering a ruptured appendix, and the risk is particularly high among young children, a new study finds. If an infected appendix isn't removed quickly enough, it can burst or rupture, leading to a serious, sometimes fatal infection, according to background information from the study. ...

Smoggy Days May Raise Your Odds for Burst Appendix

Posted 11 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 11 – Add another possible health woe to the negative effects of air pollution: A new study suggests that the risk of a burst appendix rises on smoggy days. Data from 12 Canadian cities found that "short-term exposure to ambient ozone [in air] was associated with an increased number of hospital visits for appendicitis," according to a team led by Dr. Gil Kaplan of the University of ...

Speed Bumps May Aid Appendicitis Diagnosis

Posted 18 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 18 – Speed bumps are great for slowing down heavy-footed motorists, but they might speed up the diagnosis of acute appendicitis, a new study says. Although there is no specific clinical diagnostic test for appendicitis, researchers in Great Britain found that if patients' abdominal pain got worse while driving over speed bumps, they were more likely to have the condition. "It may ...

Low-Radiation CT Scans Effective at Spotting Appendicitis: Study

Posted 25 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25 – Lower levels of radiation during CT scans could be just as effective for diagnosing appendicitis as the standard radiation dose, according to a new study from South Korea. Doctors typically order CT scans of the abdomen for adult and teen patients who have symptoms of appendicitis, such as pain near their belly button, to diagnose their condition before they decide whether ...

Study Finds Antibiotics Best for Appendicitis

Posted 5 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 5 – For people suffering from uncomplicated appendicitis, a course of antibiotics may be just as good as having the appendix removed, British researchers report. The researchers reviewed studies involving hundreds of patients to determine that treatment with antibiotics could be a safe alternative to surgery, which has been the so-called "gold standard" of care for an inflamed ...

Surgery May Beat Antibiotics for Appendicitis, Study Finds

Posted 5 May 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 5 – Although some researchers believe antibiotics can often cure appendicitis, surgery remains the more effective treatment, French investigators suggest. Uncomplicated appendicitis may be treated with antibiotics alone, but complicated appendicitis, where the appendix is perforated, requires surgery, and it is difficult to discern between the two, the researchers say. "With the ...

Kids With Perforated Appendix May Benefit From Early Surgery

Posted 21 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 21 – Early appendectomy is better for children with a perforated appendix than postponing the surgery, a new study finds. The two commonly used surgical options for children with a perforated appendix are early appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix within 24 hours of hospitalization) and what's known as "interval" appendectomy (surgery six to eight weeks after the initial ...

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