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Many appendectomies may not be needed, study finds

USA Today, January 19, 2010

Appendectomies are the most common emergency general surgical procedure in the USA, but a new study suggests many are unneeded. The study, published in the Archives of Surgery, implies that perforated, or ruptured, appendicitis is a different disease from non-perforating appendicitis. As a result, some inflamed appendixes won't burst, no matter how long you wait to remove them, the study found.