According to the NHS, around one in thirteen people has developed appendicitis at some point in his/her life, mostly developing in people aged 10 to 20 years old. Appendix removal is also the most common reason for emergency surgery in children.
Moreover, researchers suggested that children shouldnâ€™t undergo this frightening surgery and may utilize this less-invasive alternative instead- antibiotics.
This method has already been tested in adult patients and was a success.
â€śIt has become clear in recent years that in adults there are some patients with appendicitis who can recover from the disease without an operation, and we are frequently asked by parents of children with an appendicitis whether their child really needs an operation to get better,â€ť says associate professor Nigel Hall of paediatric surgery at the University of Southampton and co-author of the study.
While surgery is still the standard, tried and tested treatment, â€śwe are keen to explore the role of non-operative treatment for these children,â€ť Hall says. Hence, together with his team, Hall reviewed 10 existing studies about appendicitis published within the last decade, on which children was involved. Results showed that the use of antibiotics alone was effective for 97% of children undergoing non-surgical treatment and no adverse effects were stated. However, 14% of it unfortunately had their appendicitis recurred.
That is a total 82% of children that didnâ€™t have to undergo surgery
due to the consumption of antibiotics! This effectiveness and abstinence of surgery ranged from eight weeks to four years, depending on the research. Furthermore, researchers noted that this does not include complicated appendicitis, such as perforated appendix or an appendix mass. This covers only those with simple, acute appendicitis.
Additional rigorous research is truly needed but with this high percentage, there is a huge chance for a less-invasive alternative. Operations can be really scary for children not to mention very costly for their loving parents. This study gave light to a possibility of another treatment option that doesnâ€™t involve much blood and lacerations.