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CME ARTICLE Acute appendicitis: Can antibiotics ever take the place of surgery?

Christensen, Ben V. MHS, PA-C; Colomb-Lippa, Dawn MHS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: May 2012 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - p 32–36

antibiotic therapy eliminates postoperative complications and lowers costs, but the methodology of some studies may be weak and the rate of recurrence is high.

ben Christensen practices orthopedics at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. dawn Colomb-Lippa is a professor of physician assistant studies at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, and practices clinically in orthopedics. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.

Editor's note: as this article was going to press, a new meta-analysis was published comparing antibiotic treatment versus appendectomy for the primary treatment of acute appendicitis. The meta-analysis found that antibiotics were safe and effective for this use and should be considered as a primary treatment. See Varadhan KK et al. BMJ. 2012;344:e2156.

© 2012 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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