A new study confirms that antibiotics can prevent surgical intervention if your child’s appendix becomes inflamed, potentially saving his or her life.

Attached to the large intestine, the appendix is a finger-shaped organ about three to four inches in length. When inflamed by infection or blockage, the appendix can significantly distend, until it eventually ruptures.

A common medical emergency, most people know someone who has had appendicitis, or have had it themselves. While the appendix can become inflamed at any age, appendicitis usually afflicts those between 10 and 30 years of age… more

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