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What Treatment for Appendicitis Would Most Patients Choose, Surgery or Antibiotics?

What Treatment for Appendicitis Would Most Patients Choose, Surgery or Antibiotics?

Bottom Line: Most people picked surgery over antibiotics if they or their child had appendicitis.

Why The Research Is Interesting: Studies have suggested surgery for appendicitis can be avoided for many patients with the use of antibiotics.

Who and When: 1,728 participants in a survey conducted over two months in 2016.

What (Study Measures): Treatment preferences

How (Study Design): Survey respondents were asked to imagine that they or their child had appendicitis without complications. They were presented with treatment options and asked for their preferences. Treatment options included antibiotic treatment alone or surgery, including a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure involving several small incisions in the abdomen and an open appendectomy with one incision in the abdomen.

Authors: Marc D. Basson, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, and coauthors


Study Limitations: Hypothetical choices by healthy individuals might differ from choices of actual patients in distress.

Study Conclusions: While most survey respondents said they would opt for surgery to treat appendicitis, actual patients should be presented with all viable treatment options, including antibiotics alone.

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Anjali Nimesh

Anjali Nimesh

Anjali Nimesh Joined Medical Dialogue as Reporter in 2016. she covers all the medical specialty news in different medical categories. She also covers the Medical guidelines, Medical Journals, rare medical surgeries as well as all the updates in medical filed. She is a graduate from Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University. She can be contacted at Contact no. 011-43720751
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