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At least in the short term, using antibiotics to treat appendicitis worked as well as surgical removal of the appendix for most patients in the CODA trial, as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Health outcomes associated with each treatment were similar. More than 70 percent of patients on antibiotics avoided having surgery and missed less time away from work or school in the three months post-treatment. However, nearly 30 percent who received antibiotics ultimately needed surgery. CODA was conducted at 25 sites nationwide and involved a wider range of patients than previous studies, making its results more broadly applicable to typical patients with appendicitis.