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An appendicectomy (or appendectomy) is the surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. This procedure is normally performed as an emergency procedure, when the patient is suffering from acute appendicitis. In the absence of surgical facilities, intravenous antibiotics are used to delay or avoid the onset of sepsis; it is now recognized that many cases will resolve when treated non-operatively. In some cases the appendicitis resolves completely; more often, an inflammatory mass forms around the appendix. This is a relative contraindication to surgery.
New algorithm eliminates exposure to radiation when diagnosing children with acute appendicitis

New algorithm eliminates exposure to radiation when diagnosing children with acute appendicitis

Use of minimally invasive surgery varies widely across US hospitals

Use of minimally invasive surgery varies widely across US hospitals

Antibiotics present a safe option for treating children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Antibiotics present a safe option for treating children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Study: Patients more likely to die in hospitals when cared for by nurses with heavy workloads

Study: Patients more likely to die in hospitals when cared for by nurses with heavy workloads

EvergreenHealth named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals in three specialty areas

EvergreenHealth named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals in three specialty areas

Researchers develop new guidelines to govern amount of blood ordered for surgical patients

Researchers develop new guidelines to govern amount of blood ordered for surgical patients

Data on experience-related outcomes in children's surgery vary: Report

Data on experience-related outcomes in children's surgery vary: Report

Surprises found in postoperative pain rankings

Surprises found in postoperative pain rankings

Hospital type plays a role in racial disparities and appendicitis outcomes in children

Hospital type plays a role in racial disparities and appendicitis outcomes in children

Use of CT scans for children suspected of having appendicitis varies among hospitals

Use of CT scans for children suspected of having appendicitis varies among hospitals

Study addresses cost of patient care in acute care surgical settings

Study addresses cost of patient care in acute care surgical settings

No benefit from irrigation during appendectomy

No benefit from irrigation during appendectomy

Alzheimer's pathology might be increased in patients after surgery and anesthesia

Alzheimer's pathology might be increased in patients after surgery and anesthesia

NHS hospitals have scope to make efficiency savings by adopting best practice

NHS hospitals have scope to make efficiency savings by adopting best practice

Laparoscopic appendectomy preferable for obese patients

Laparoscopic appendectomy preferable for obese patients

Obese patients with appendix less likely to have complications after minimally invasive procedure

Obese patients with appendix less likely to have complications after minimally invasive procedure

Scoring system identifies appendicitis in pediatric acute abdomen pain

Scoring system identifies appendicitis in pediatric acute abdomen pain

Removing ruptured appendix sooner lowers hospital costs, charges

Removing ruptured appendix sooner lowers hospital costs, charges

Research roundup: Practice guidelines may not stop defensive medicine; English language ability tied to hospital readmission rates

Research roundup: Practice guidelines may not stop defensive medicine; English language ability tied to hospital readmission rates

Health care not structured in the interest of the patient

Health care not structured in the interest of the patient