Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids’ Appendicitis?

Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids’ Appendicitis?


Having Your Appendix Removed

News Picture: Is Surgery Always Needed for Kids' Appendicitis?By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Skipping surgery and treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone may be a safe approach for many children, a new analysis suggests.

Reviewing 10 studies on more than 400 young patients, researchers found that nonsurgical treatment for an inflamed appendix appeared effective overall. But, appendicitis recurred in 14 percent of patients, and the study authors urged more research to inform doctors’ decision-making.

“It may in the future be appropriate to offer nonoperative treatment, with antibiotics, as an alternative to children with acute uncomplicated appendicitis,” said study author Dr. Nigel Hall. He’s an associate professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Southampton in England.

“However, at this stage we would not recommend that nonoperative treatment is offered as treatment outside of a carefully designed research study,” Hall added. “This is [because] we need to fully evaluate nonoperative treatment in larger numbers of children and also