To determine the most cost effective way to treat children with perforated appendicitis we
will randomize all children presenting with perforated appendicitis to initial operation,
with in 24 hours of admission, or to initial antibiotics, with or without percutaneous
drainage, and subsequent interval appendectomy after 8 weeks. Our outcomes will include
cost, complications, length of stay, and quality of life measures.
- Age 2-17 with a diagnosis of perforated appendicitis
- Age <2 and >18