By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) — For some patients suffering from appendicitis, antibiotics may do the trick, a large U.S. trial suggests.
More than 70% of patients who received antibiotics avoided surgery for at least 90 days, according to the new report.
“When we compared the outcomes of people treated with antibiotics alone or surgery to remove the appendix, we found that people receiving either treatment felt well at 30 days,” said co-principal investigator Dr. David Talan. “In terms of overall health status, antibiotics were no worse than surgery and allowed most people to avoid an operation in the short term.”
Talan is a professor of emergency medicine and infectious diseases at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
In the trial, more than 1,500 patients in 14 U.S. states randomly received antibiotics first or an appendectomy. The trial is the largest