Treat appendicitis only with antibiotics? Surgeon weighs in

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Treat appendicitis only with antibiotics? Surgeon weighs in

UW surgeon discusses a European trend that challenges conventional guidance

Every year, about 300,000 people undergo an appendectomy in the United States. An emerging trend in Europe is to treat the condition with antibiotics alone rather than with urgent surgery.

Dr. David Flum, a gastrointestinal surgeon and University of Washington professor of surgery, discusses the merits of the approach in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Forbes' medical writer Judy Stone sums up the arguments.