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Appendicitis occurs when the appendix—a finger-shaped organ connected to the end of the large intestine—becomes infected. Symptoms of appendicitis include abdominal pain, often starting near the belly button. The pain may move down to the lower right side of the abdomen. Appendicitis is the leading cause of emergency abdominal surgery (appendix surgery is called an appendectomy) and is most likely to strike people between the ages of 10 and 30—although it can occur at any age.

Appendicitis News

  • Antibiotics Often Enough for Kids’ Appendicitis

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — 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 [...]

  • Antibiotics May Not Help After ‘Complicated’ Appendectomy

    MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Antibiotics may not reduce the risk of infections in patients who undergo what’s known as a “complicated” appendix removal, a new study finds. “The traditional teaching is that all patients with complicated appendicitis receive post-operative antibiotics to reduce the risk of wound infection or deep organ space infection,” study [...]

  • Most Appendicitis Cases Should be Treated With Antibiotics, Not Surgery, Doctors Say

    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.

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

    FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — 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, [...]

  • Appendix Removal Isn’t Riskier on Weekend, Study Says

    MONDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) — Having your appendix removed on a weekend is as safe as having the surgery on a weekday, but you may end up paying more, a new study shows. The findings were to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons in Washington, D.C. “From what we [...]

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