Appendicitis in Space Travel - Mars Society Convention

24th Annual International Mars Society Convention - 4 Days


Valenzuela et al: Appendicitis Considerations in Long-Term Space Travel

Studies based on NASA's Integrated Medical Model (IMM) have determined that appendicitis is very common in space. It has been proposed for more than a decade that the treatment of appendicitis on the trip to Mars will be conservatively without the possibility of surgery; However, there are aspects to consider such as failure of conservative treatment that occurs in 30%. ...Results and discussion: Several implications should be considered: 1) the pathophysiology of appendicitis may occur differently in space, 2) The risk of cancer increases in space and appendicitis due to appendicular tumor does not respond to conservative treatment, 3) There is a Dysregulation of the immune system in space and bacteria could create resistance 4) For safe management by conservative treatment, CT is needed, which has not been considered in the trip to Mars, 5) you should consider conventional laparoscopic surgery or new techniques such as SILS , NOTES and ERAT to avoid the eventration of organs in microgravity, 6) prophylactic appendectomy can be an option by laparoscopy or using ERAT technique, 7) Great relapse in treatment with antibiotic therapy. 8) Surgical instruments can be 3D printed or stereolithography. Conclusions: Surgery in space should be considered since conservative treatment has high failure rates, antibiotic treatment can be used as first line and surgery should be performed.

The 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention is Thursday-Sunday, October 14-17, 2021. This convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in the planet Mars to come together and discuss the science, technology, social implications, philosophy and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration.

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