Researchers from the University of Turku (Finland) have published the results of a five-year experiment on an alternative method of treating appendicitis. As it turned out, if the ailment has not passed into an acute phase or a phase complicated by other factors, then it can be completely cured with antibiotics. That is, surgical intervention is not required at all, despite the established practice of several hundred years.
The experiment was specially carried out in the field, with minimal restrictions - its authors wanted to evaluate the very possibility of such a treatment, before proving its advantage over surgery. A group of scientists led by Paulina Salminen maintained contacts with several hospitals, and when patients with complaints of pain in the appendix were admitted, they recommended replacing the operation with a course of antibiotics. The decision was made by the attending physician, and many conservatively reacted to this idea - however, in 5 years they managed to conduct experiments on 530 people.
All participants in the experiment had similar symptoms, and they were divided into two groups - one received traditional treatment, in the form of removal of the appendix, the second was given antibiotics. Of the 272 people in the second group, 70 still needed surgical help, and within five years - another three dozen people. But 156 of the original patients after treatment with antibiotics no longer complained about this problem - which demonstrates the effectiveness of the method at 61%, which is encouraging for the researchers.
In the description of the experiment, it is indicated that the technique is far from practical application. Different doctors prescribed different types of antibiotics and controlled the course of treatment in different ways, making controversial decisions. This is a matter for future research, but the results are still encouraging, including from a financial point of view - surgery in a hospital will cost more than a course of pills.