VanDusen, examined here in Washington, said she chose antibiotic treatment partly to avoid surgery scars.
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When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen's abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she'd be quickly wheeled into surgery."It's a feasible, viable and a safe option," said Dr. Paulina Salminen, the study's lead author and a surgeon at Turku University Hospital in Finland.Her study in adults is the longest follow-up to date of patients treated with drugs instead of surgery for appendicitis and the results confirm one-year findings reported three years ago.Research has also shown antibiotics may work for some children with appendicitis.Half were treated with antibiotics; the others had surgery.Among the antibiotics patients, 100 ended up having surgery within five years of treatment most for a suspected recurrence of appendicitis in the first year. Seven of them did not have appendicitis and likely could have avoided surgery.
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