Appendicitis News and Research

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Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix. The appendix is a fingerlike pouch attached to the large intestine and located in the lower right area of the abdomen. Scientists are not sure what the appendix does, if anything, but removing it does not appear to affect a person’s health. The inside of the appendix is called the appendiceal lumen. Mucus created by the appendix travels through the appendiceal lumen and empties into the large intestine.
Clinical study to examine whether antibiotics can be safe, effective alternative to appendectomy

Clinical study to examine whether antibiotics can be safe, effective alternative to appendectomy

Variation in hospital-level resources may impact diagnostic evaluation of children with appendicitis

Variation in hospital-level resources may impact diagnostic evaluation of children with appendicitis

Antibiotics may be effective treatment for acute appendicitis in children, study shows

Antibiotics may be effective treatment for acute appendicitis in children, study shows

Appendix may serve as reservoir for beneficial gut bacteria, new research suggests

Appendix may serve as reservoir for beneficial gut bacteria, new research suggests

Study shows appendicitis patients can be safely discharged on same day of surgery

Study shows appendicitis patients can be safely discharged on same day of surgery

Simple steps can improve survival of sepsis patients

Simple steps can improve survival of sepsis patients

Study shows increase in costs of hospitalization for people with private insurance

Study shows increase in costs of hospitalization for people with private insurance

Study indicates mRS is poorly suited to evaluate, report quality of neuro-surgery

Study indicates mRS is poorly suited to evaluate, report quality of neuro-surgery

Antibiotic treatment for mild appendicitis does not increase risk for complications

Antibiotic treatment for mild appendicitis does not increase risk for complications

Acute mesenteric ischemia can be treated with balloon angioplasty

Acute mesenteric ischemia can be treated with balloon angioplasty

Researchers find new way to increase patients’ recruitment, retention in clinical trials

Researchers find new way to increase patients’ recruitment, retention in clinical trials

Study examines effect of nonoperative treatment for appendicitis

Study examines effect of nonoperative treatment for appendicitis

Routine use of antibiotics may not reduce infections in severe appendectomies

Routine use of antibiotics may not reduce infections in severe appendectomies

Janssen-sponsored Phase 2b trial shows guselkumab effective in treating moderate to severe plaque psoriasis

Janssen-sponsored Phase 2b trial shows guselkumab effective in treating moderate to severe plaque psoriasis

Antibiotic treatment not better than appendectomy for uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Antibiotic treatment not better than appendectomy for uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Duration of antibiotic treatment can be cut by half for complicated abdominal infections

Duration of antibiotic treatment can be cut by half for complicated abdominal infections

Acupuncture reduces pain, inflammation in pediatric patients with acute appendicitis

Acupuncture reduces pain, inflammation in pediatric patients with acute appendicitis

Two thirds of the world’s population have no access to safe and affordable surgery

Two thirds of the world’s population have no access to safe and affordable surgery

Large majority of people in the world lack access to safe, affordable surgery and anaesthesia

Large majority of people in the world lack access to safe, affordable surgery and anaesthesia

Two diagnostic tests can help identify children who require surgical treatment for appendicitis

Two diagnostic tests can help identify children who require surgical treatment for appendicitis