Surgery has long been the ‘gold standard’
in appendicitis treatment. But a new discovery could change that. I’m Gabe Garza with your
latest health news. A new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that antibiotics
alone may be a safe and effective alternative to surgery for kids with uncomplicated acute
appendicitis (UAA). Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a small pouch that projects
from the colon on the right side of the abdomen. For this study, researchers looked at 102
patients between ages 7- 17 with mild appendicitis, meaning they experienced stomach pain for
no more than 48 hours and had no rupture. They were then given the choice of surgery,
or treatment with antibiotics. Thirty-seven families chose the antibiotics for their child.
After one year, researchers found that 3 out of 4 patients that opted for antibiotics had
not developed appendicitis again, or underwent surgery.