Every year, on average, up to 300, 000 Americans are admitted to the emergency department for appendicitis. The vast majority of people are convinced that if the inflamed appendix is not urgently removed, then they can expect serious consequences, even fatal.
However, some doctors believe that this (albeit not complicated) operation may well be replaced with a course of antibiotics. In a number of European countries, 5 small studies have been conducted on 1000 patients with inflammation of the appendix, who were offered to take pills as an alternative to surgery. As a result, about 70% of them chose drug treatment, after which the need for surgical intervention disappeared.
One of the leading US specialists in the field of emergency medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. David Flum and his colleague David Talan, are convinced that the possibilities of antibiotics are not completely exhausted and with their help there is a chance to avoid surgery altogether.
By the way, this statement has already been tested during the Cold War, when the sailors of nuclear submarines of the US Navy, who were on the sea, were given antibiotics during attacks of appendicitis, and everything ended quite well for them.