The nonsurgical approach is now an accepted first treatment. An online tool can help patients decide which option is right for them.
Antibiotics are now an accepted option for initial treatment of appendicitis in many cases, providing patients with an alternative to surgery.
In a large U.S. trial, more than 70% of patients randomized to receive antibiotics ultimately avoided surgery, investigators found.
When receiving medical care for infections, some people have resisted penicillin and related antibiotics because of a presumed allergy. According to a recent report, th
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Just 39% of patients who got medication initially went on to have surgery, five-year review shows.
In studies in humans and mice, bacteria confuse the metal gallium for a nutrient, and it works as a Trojan horse to destroy them.
The researchers hope their novel drug will safeguard patients from the hearing-damaging side effects of powerful antibiotics.
Scientists at the University of Washington and Kenya Medical Research Institute are working to discern whether antibiotics could help prevent thousands of child deaths from diarrheal disease.
For more than 130 years, surgery has been the standard approach to appendicitis.