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Surgery May Beat Antibiotics for Appendicitis, Study Finds
Date:5/6/2011

el obstructions later on," he said.

In the future, patients with uncomplicated appendicitis will be treated with antibiotics first, and only if that treatment fails will the patient undergo an operation, Mason said.

"You don't need to have an emergency operation; you can wait a day or so and see if the antibiotics work or not," Mason said. "That is the way we should be going."

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For more information on appendicitis, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Corinne Vons, M.D., Ph.D., Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris and Universite Paris XI, France; Rodney J. Mason, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of surgery, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles; May 7, 2011, The Lancet


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