Surgery

Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen's abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she'd be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead.

Surgery

Resource use greater for more severe pediatric appendicitis

(HealthDay)—More severe presentations of complicated appendicitis are associated with worse outcomes and greater resource use among pediatric patients, according to a study published online July 25 in JAMA Surgery.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Significant ultrasound practice needed to diagnose appendicitis

(HealthDay)—There is a learning curve among novice emergency medicine residents in using emergency ultrasonography to diagnose acute appendicitis, according to a study published online Jan. 5 in the Journal of Clinical ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Your kid has appendicitis: Surgery, or just antibiotics?

If your child comes to Children's Mercy Hospital with appendicitis, you're probably going to be asked whether you want to participate in a clinical trial that could change how the common illness is treated worldwide - and ...

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Appendicitis

Appendicitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the appendix. It is classified as a medical emergency and many cases require removal of the inflamed appendix, either by laparotomy or laparoscopy. Untreated, mortality is high, mainly because of the risk of rupture leading to peritonitis and shock. Reginald Fitz first described acute and chronic appendicitis in 1886, and it has been recognized as one of the most common causes of severe acute abdominal pain worldwide. A correctly diagnosed non-acute form of appendicitis is known as "rumbling appendicitis".

The term "pseudoappendicitis" is used to describe a condition mimicking appendicitis. It can be associated with Yersinia enterocolitica.

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