In a small group of kids (102, ages ranging from 7-17) who presented with acute, uncomplicated appendicitis families chose whether the patient would immediately have laparoscopic surgery or begin antibiotic therapy. Of these cases 37 chose antibiotics, and 65 surgery. After one year, 76% of those taking antibiotics did not need surgery, experienced fewer disability days and lower medical costs than the surgery group
LifeTip: Nonoperative management of acute appendicitis may be a good option in some cases, but more research is needed.
Adapted from PositiveChoices.com