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Research Indicates Antibiotics Effective As Surgery To Treat Appendicitis

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Doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital say treating children with a simple, acute appendicitis with antibiotics is a reasonable alternative to surgery.

Researchers say they found treatment led to less recovery time, lower health costs and no difference in the complication rate after one year.

Researchers says appendicitis is the most common reason for emergency surgery in children, sending more than 70-thousand young people to the operating room each year.

Nationwide, nearly 200 kids have emergency appendectomies everyday.