This study from the University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, finds that nonoperative management of acute appendicitis was associated with reduced complications in older but not younger patients.
Included in the analysis was data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Inpatient Sample on 474,845 patients with acute uncomplicated appendicitis. Of these, 43,846 were managed nonoperatively.
Among the findings:
The findings highlight the need to conduct a randomized clinical trial of nonoperative vs operative management of appendicitis in older adults so that surgeons have relevant data to use when considering treatment options, the researchers say. Most prior clinical trials have studied younger adults, and this study shows that outcomes differ between younger and older adults.Read More >>