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Some appendicitis cases may not require ‘emergency’ surgery
USA Today

Appendectomy is the most common emergency surgery in the world, but it doesn’t have to be, suggests a study out today. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 33,000 U.S. patients who’d undergone an appendectomy. They were divided into three groups, depending on how soon they had the operation after being admitted to the hospital: within six hours, six through 12 hours and more than 12 hours. The scientists found no significant difference among the groups in the patients’ condition 30 days after surgery or in the length of their operation or hospital stay.