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May 2017

Medical Treatment of Pediatric AppendicitisAre We There Yet?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pediatric Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 2Department of Surgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(5):419-420. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.0056

In recent years, nonoperative treatment has challenged appendectomy as a first-line treatment of uncomplicated appendicitis by demonstrating its safety and short-term efficacy in adults.1-5 This triggered debate in the surgical community, gained the attention of the press and the general public, and led many practitioners to question whether this approach is valid and generalizable to children.