London: Doctors have for long baffled bywhat triggers appendicitis. Now, a new study has claimed thatthe condition may be caused by a flu-like virus and it may notrequire an emergency surgery.
Their analysis showed appendicitis peaked in the years1977, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1994 and 1998. That clustering patternsuggested outbreaks were typical of viral infections. Seasonaltrends were also uncovered showing a bit increase in number ofappendicitis cases over the summer months."The peaks and valleys of appendicitis cases generallymatched up over time suggesting it`s possible these disordersshare common etiologic (causative) determinates, pathogenetic(disease-related) mechanisms or environmental factors thatsimilarly affect their incidence. "Though appendicitis is fairly common it still remainsa frustrating medical mystery," the British media quoted teamleader Edward Livingston of Texas University as saying. In fact, in their study, the scientists looked atcases of sailors at sea without access to medical facilitiesand children who could not safely have surgery. And, in manyinstances, their nonperforated appendicitis resolved itself. "Just as the traditional appendix scar across theabdomen is fast becoming history, thanks to new single-incision surgery techniques, so too may the conventionalwisdom that patients with appendicitis need to be operated onas soon as they enter the hospital. "Patients still need to be seen quickly by physician,but emergency surgery is now in question," Dr Livingston wrotein the latest edition of the `Archives of Surgery` journal.PTI