Gangrenous and perforated appendicitis was reviewed in 300 pediatric patients. Those with only gangrene generally had a benign course regardless of whether antibiotic therapy was used. However, patients with local perforation or generalized peritonitis had a high incidence of infective complications if they were not treated with antibiotics. Children treated with ampicillin, gentamicin, and clindamycin had markedly fewer wound infections and abscesses and were able to tolerate a diet and go home sooner than those receiving ampicillin and/or gentamicin.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health