How is appendicitis treated? Does it always involve surgery?

In many cases, appendicitis is treated by removing the appendix immediately, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The quicker the appendix is removed, the less likely it is to burst.

In some cases, the appendix will have an abscess, according to the NIH. If a CT scan shows an abscess, sometimes physicians choose to treat the abscess with antibiotics to remove the infection and swelling before doing surgery to remove the appendix.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how appendicitis is treated.

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