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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.
Treating appendicitis by laparoscopic surgery may not be worth the cost

Treating appendicitis by laparoscopic surgery may not be worth the cost

Contact with plants shown to directly benefit patient's health

Contact with plants shown to directly benefit patient's health

New guidelines for congenital heart disease

New guidelines for congenital heart disease

Sudden loss of hearing might be an early sign of stroke

Sudden loss of hearing might be an early sign of stroke

Variability in health care treatment costs amongst 9 EU countries

Variability in health care treatment costs amongst 9 EU countries

Pregnant women at risk for unnecessary operations due to misdiagnosis of appendicitis

Pregnant women at risk for unnecessary operations due to misdiagnosis of appendicitis

Key signs of appendicitis

Key signs of appendicitis

Doctors remove woman's gallbladder through her vagina

Doctors remove woman's gallbladder through her vagina

Gall bladder removed vaginally using endoscope

Gall bladder removed vaginally using endoscope

Uninsured children admitted to hospitals are twice as likely to die as insured children

Uninsured children admitted to hospitals are twice as likely to die as insured children

Single dose of antibiotics may be just as effective as multiple doses in preventing infections after an appendectomy

Single dose of antibiotics may be just as effective as multiple doses in preventing infections after an appendectomy

CT screening lowers negative appendectomy rate from 20% to 3% at urban hospital

CT screening lowers negative appendectomy rate from 20% to 3% at urban hospital

Asian children and black children experience higher rates of ruptured appendixes than white children

Asian children and black children experience higher rates of ruptured appendixes than white children

Rabies infections in organ donor and transplant recipients

Rabies infections in organ donor and transplant recipients