student Ditte Bro Sørensen Psychiatric Department, Odense University Hospital
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PCR and cultivation of the peritoneal fluid at operation for appendicitis and postoperative enteral antibiotic treatment. A feasibility and non-inferiort study
Today too many patients are not getting the right treatment after operation for acute appendicitis. An appendicitis can be complicated or not complicated. Only patients with complicated appendicitis should be treated with three days of antibiotics after surgery. A former study at the department has shown that 42% of patients treated with antibiotics do not have any bacteria in the peritoneal cavity and thus no need for antibiotics. And some patients with bacteria in the peritoneal cavity is not treated with antibiotics. This is a problem for patient safety and society. The aim of this study is to solve this problem by using PCR to detect bacteria in peritoneal fluid within few hours of the surgery.
Patients over the age of 18 undergoing surgery for acute appendicitis.