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Clinical case review

Non-operative treatment of appendicitis. Is this possible?

AMIR ASHRAFIZADEH, SIREESHA KONERU, THOMAS J. HUGH

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Abstract

A fit 30-year-old man with appendicitis is managed conservatively with intravenous antibiotics but develops a pelvic abscess and subsequently undergoes laparoscopic appendicectomy. What is the role of conservative treatment in acute appendicitis?

Article Extract

Case scenario

Harry, a fit and active 30-year-old man, presented to the emergency department with right lower abdominal pain, anorexia and loose stools. He had just returned from two years spent in the USA, where he had recently been managed conservatively for acute appendicitis.

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