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How is appendicitis treated?

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Surgery to remove the appendix, which is called an appendectomy, is the standard treatment for almost all cases of appendicitis.

Generally, if appendicitis is suspected, doctors tend to err on the side of safety and quickly remove the appendix to avoid its rupture. If the appendix has formed an abscess, you may have two procedures: one to drain the abscess of pus and fluid, and a later one to remove the appendix. However, there is some research showing that treatment of acute appendicitis with antibiotics may eliminate the need for surgery in certain cases.

From: Appendicitis WebMD Medical Reference

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Di Saverio, S. , July 2014. Ann Surg.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. 

National institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Emedicine.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Appendicitis."

UpToDate: "Management of acute appendicitis in adults."

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 26, 2017

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SOURCES: 

Di Saverio, S. , July 2014. Ann Surg.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. 

National institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Emedicine.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Appendicitis."

UpToDate: "Management of acute appendicitis in adults."

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 26, 2017

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