Surgery

Antibiotics as the primary treatment for mild appendicitis

Using antibiotics as the primary treatment for mild appendicitis does not increase the risk for complications at least in the first year. But other considerations must also be taken into account, say researchers.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study considers antibiotics-first approach to appendicitis

(HealthDay)—An antibiotics-first approach could be considered for specific patients with appendicitis, according to a case vignette published in the May 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Pediatrics

Lowering WBC criteria lowers negative appendectomy rate

(HealthDay)—Reducing the threshold of leukocytosis as a criterion for appendicitis to 8,000 to 9,000 white blood cells (WBCs) per µL reduces the rates of negative appendectomy, according to a study published online Dec. ...

Surgery

No 'weekend effect' seen following appendix removal operations

Patients who undergo surgical removal of the appendix on a weekend do not experience more postoperative complications than those who undergo the same operation on weekdays, but they do pay slightly more in hospital charges, ...

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