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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.
Magnetic resonance imaging technique of choice to exam pregnant patients with possible appendicitis

Magnetic resonance imaging technique of choice to exam pregnant patients with possible appendicitis

Black-white differences in avoidable mortality in the United States, 1980-2005

Black-white differences in avoidable mortality in the United States, 1980-2005

Image-guided treatment helping women with tubo-ovarian abscesses avoid unnecessary surgery

Image-guided treatment helping women with tubo-ovarian abscesses avoid unnecessary surgery

64-slice CT scanner most dose efficient for evaluating pregnant patients with possible pulmonary emboli

64-slice CT scanner most dose efficient for evaluating pregnant patients with possible pulmonary emboli

FDA approves new indication for Wyeth's Tygacil (tigecycline)

FDA approves new indication for Wyeth's Tygacil (tigecycline)

Study tracks increasing use of CT on pregnant women

Study tracks increasing use of CT on pregnant women

How to avoid colon problems

How to avoid colon problems

Racial disparities in ER length of stay point to added risks for minority patients

Racial disparities in ER length of stay point to added risks for minority patients

Costs of digestive diseases grown to more than $141 billion a year

Costs of digestive diseases grown to more than $141 billion a year

Treating appendicitis by laparoscopic surgery may not be worth the cost

Treating appendicitis by laparoscopic surgery may not be worth the cost

Ethnic disparities in treatment of trauma patients

Ethnic disparities in treatment of trauma patients

More appendicitis hospitalizations on "high ozone" days

More appendicitis hospitalizations on "high ozone" days

Burst appendix or stomach flu?

Burst appendix or stomach flu?

Color Doppler ultrasound should be first imaging technique for diagnosing suspected acute appendicitis

Color Doppler ultrasound should be first imaging technique for diagnosing suspected acute appendicitis

Abbott receives approval for HUMIRA (Adalimumab) for polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Abbott receives approval for HUMIRA (Adalimumab) for polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Constipation most common cause of children's abdominal pain

Constipation most common cause of children's abdominal pain

The health risk posed by excessive CT scans

The health risk posed by excessive CT scans

Unprecedented increase in the use of radiologic exams on pregnant women

Unprecedented increase in the use of radiologic exams on pregnant women

Pregnant women may be having too many high-tech scans

Pregnant women may be having too many high-tech scans

People with schizophrenia are more likely to suffer from ruptured appendix

People with schizophrenia are more likely to suffer from ruptured appendix