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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.
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

Reducing use of 'low value' surgical procedures vital to cut healthcare costs and enhance care

Reducing use of 'low value' surgical procedures vital to cut healthcare costs and enhance care

Child with abdominal pain more likely to receive CT scan in general ED, study finds

Child with abdominal pain more likely to receive CT scan in general ED, study finds

Study finds outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy to be safe, viable in public county hospital

Study finds outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy to be safe, viable in public county hospital

Clinical study to examine whether antibiotics can be safe, effective alternative to appendectomy

Clinical study to examine whether antibiotics can be safe, effective alternative to appendectomy

Variation in hospital-level resources may impact diagnostic evaluation of children with appendicitis

Variation in hospital-level resources may impact diagnostic evaluation of children with appendicitis

Antibiotics may be effective treatment for acute appendicitis in children, study shows

Antibiotics may be effective treatment for acute appendicitis in children, study shows

Appendix may serve as reservoir for beneficial gut bacteria, new research suggests

Appendix may serve as reservoir for beneficial gut bacteria, new research suggests