October 25, 2021

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 most cases, providing patients with a possible alternative to surgery.
October 25, 2021

Antibiotics are now an accepted option for initial treatment of appendicitis in many cases, providing patients with an alternative to surgery.

October 5, 2020

In a large U.S. trial, more than 70% of patients randomized to receive antibiotics ultimately avoided surgery, investigators found.

Picture of Dr. Margaret Green administering a penicillin allergy test
February 14, 2019

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

November 26, 2019

Handwashing is the best way to avoid bacteria and viruses at the airport or on a plane. 

September 27, 2018

Just 39% of patients who got medication initially went on to have surgery, five-year review shows.

September 26, 2018

In studies in humans and mice, bacteria confuse the metal gallium for a nutrient, and it works as a Trojan horse to destroy them.

February 5, 2018

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.


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