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Appendicectomy Versus Antibiotics in the Treatment of Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis

2014-07-23 21:11:40 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Appendicectomy has been the treatment of acute appendicitis for over a hundred years. Appendicectomy, however, includes operative and postoperative risks despite being a "routine" operation. At the same time other similar intra-abdominal infections, such as diverticulitis, are treated with antibiotics. There have been some encouraging reports on successful treatment of appendicitis with antibiotics and it has been estimated that operative treatment might be necessary for only 15 - 20 % of patients with acute appendicitis.

The aim of this randomized prospective study is to compare operative treatment (open appendicectomy) with conservative treatment with antibiotics (ertapenem, Invanz). Before randomization acute uncomplicated appendicitis is diagnosed with a CT scan.The hypothesis of the study is that the majority of patients with uncomplicated acute appendicitis can be treated successfully with antibiotics and unnecessary appendicectomies can be avoided.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Acute Appendicitis

Intervention

Appendicectomy, Ertapenem

Location

Pohjois-Karjala Central Hospital
Joensuu
Finland

Status

Enrolling by invitation

Source

Turku University Hospital

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:11:40-0400

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