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Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix. The appendix is a fingerlike pouch attached to the large intestine and located in the lower right area of the abdomen. Scientists are not sure what the appendix does, if anything, but removing it does not appear to affect a person’s health. The inside of the appendix is called the appendiceal lumen. Mucus created by the appendix travels through the appendiceal lumen and empties into the large intestine.
Accurate diagnosis of appendicitis in the emergency department may be more challenging

Accurate diagnosis of appendicitis in the emergency department may be more challenging

Patient satisfaction and quality of life similar across all appendicitis treatments

Patient satisfaction and quality of life similar across all appendicitis treatments

Tailoring care for older patients after emergency surgery can greatly improves outcomes

Tailoring care for older patients after emergency surgery can greatly improves outcomes

Measles re-emerging globally

Measles re-emerging globally

Children with suspected appendicitis need better care, finds study

Children with suspected appendicitis need better care, finds study

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Fact-checking president Trump’s State of the Union

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Fact-checking president Trump’s State of the Union

Study: Young women in UK are subjected to unnecessary surgery for suspected appendicitis

Study: Young women in UK are subjected to unnecessary surgery for suspected appendicitis

Study finds worrisome increase in medical imaging during pregnancy

Study finds worrisome increase in medical imaging during pregnancy

Rutgers study: Depression increases hospital use and mortality in children

Rutgers study: Depression increases hospital use and mortality in children

Novel drug shows potential to prevent sepsis progression

Novel drug shows potential to prevent sepsis progression

Surgery is very safe for uncomplicated appendicitis, study shows

Surgery is very safe for uncomplicated appendicitis, study shows

Researchers develop electroencephalography-based test to objectively measure pain

Researchers develop electroencephalography-based test to objectively measure pain

The appendix may be associated with Parkinson’s disease

The appendix may be associated with Parkinson’s disease

Alnylam announces positive results from Phase 3 Study of givosiran for treating acute hepatic porphyria

Alnylam announces positive results from Phase 3 Study of givosiran for treating acute hepatic porphyria

Children with allergies have lower risk of developing complicated appendicitis

Children with allergies have lower risk of developing complicated appendicitis

Abdominal pain should be seen as a warning sign for invasive meningococcal disease

Abdominal pain should be seen as a warning sign for invasive meningococcal disease

A tale of two CT scanners — one richer, one poorer

A tale of two CT scanners — one richer, one poorer

Condom snorting - a trending bad idea!

Condom snorting - a trending bad idea!

Colonoscopy linked to increased risk of appendicitis

Colonoscopy linked to increased risk of appendicitis

Medicaid expansion related to better access to surgery and higher quality of care

Medicaid expansion related to better access to surgery and higher quality of care