Podcast #388: Antibiotics for Appendicitis - The Emergency Medical Minute

Author:  Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • 5-year follow up study on antibiotic treatment for uncomplicated appendicitis showed 39.1% recurrence rate requiring appendectomy by 5 years
  • Nearly 60% chance then of preventing an appendectomy by using antibiotics only for uncomplicated appendicitis


Editor’s note: not surprisingly, complications were much higher in the group receiving surgery, which reiterates why an antibiotic-only approach is attractive for the right patient population


Salminen P, Tuominen R, Paajanen H, Rautio T, Nordström P, Aarnio M, Rantanen T, Hurme S, Mecklin JP, Sand J, Virtanen J, Jartti A, Grönroos JM. Five-Year Follow-up of Antibiotic Therapy for Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis in the APPAC Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018 Sep 25;320(12):1259-1265. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.13201. PubMed PMID: 30264120.

Summary by Travis Barlock, MS4    |   Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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