The role of antibiotics in acute uncomplicated diverticulitis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Surg 2018; 216: 604–609.

Published: 19th December 2018

Authors: Mocanu V, Dang JT, Switzer N, Tavakoli I, Tian C, de Gara C et al.


There were eight RCTs that included 2469 patients. Initial antibiotic treatment prolonged hospital stay, but did not increase the risk of major complications: odds ratio 0.72, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.45 to 1.16, P=0.18.

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