Researchers in Nottingham, England have found that aggressive use of antibiotics may be just as an effective as surgery to cure a perforated appendix. To this point the standard care for the condition is immediate surgery to prevent the appendix from bursting, which can cause a deadly infection.
According to doctors at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, however, heavy antibiotic use can completely cure a perforated appendix without invasive surgery. For the study, the researchers collected data on 900 hundreds patients with the condition who received antibiotics instead of having surgery.
They found that over the course on one year, two thirds of the patients were cured of the condition and required no surgery at all. The treatment is not without risk, however, as researchers fear increased antibiotic use could cause infection later in life.
by RTT Staff Writer
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