Appendicitis: Knowing Your Options

Appendicitis treatment preferences tested in new survey

(RxWiki News) Did you know antibiotics are a treatment option for uncomplicated appendicitis? A new survey revealed patient preferences on this and other appendicitis treatment options.

This survey showed that participants more often chose a minimally invasive surgery over antibiotics alone for the treatment of uncomplicated appendicitis. However, participants appeared to prefer antibiotics over a more invasive surgery.

This survey was conducted over a few months and evaluated 1,728 people through social media and email. Before participants chose their preferences, they were informed about the available treatment options. Options included antibiotics alone, a surgery with several small incisions (minimally invasive) and a surgery with one large incision.

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a small pouch attached to the intestine. It is caused by a blockage inside the appendix. If the blockage is not addressed, the appendix can burst and lead to a serious infection.

The survey found that the majority of respondents chose minimally invasive surgery for themselves and their children. The next most popular choice was treatment with antibiotics. The more invasive surgery followed.

The following are some symptoms of appendicitis to watch for:

  • Worsening pain in the lower right side of the abdomen (stomach)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Fever

Appendicitis is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention. In the event of appendicitis, discuss the treatment options with your health care provider. Your health care provider can help you choose the best option for you.

The appendicitis survey was published in JAMA Surgery. Information on survey funding sources and potential conflicts of interest was not available at the time of publication.