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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.
What does the appendix do? finally an answer!

What does the appendix do? finally an answer!

WHO essential emergency training to save lives and prevent disability

WHO essential emergency training to save lives and prevent disability

Insurance status, not race, linked to complications in patients with acute appendicitis

Insurance status, not race, linked to complications in patients with acute appendicitis

Irish study to look at how bacteria, Yersinia enterocolitica, enters the food chain

Irish study to look at how bacteria, Yersinia enterocolitica, enters the food chain

Key signs of appendicitis

Key signs of appendicitis

Uninsured children admitted to hospitals are twice as likely to die as insured children

Uninsured children admitted to hospitals are twice as likely to die as insured children

Magnetic resonance imaging can help rule out acute appendicitis in pregnancy

Magnetic resonance imaging can help rule out acute appendicitis in pregnancy

Single dose of antibiotics may be just as effective as multiple doses in preventing infections after an appendectomy

Single dose of antibiotics may be just as effective as multiple doses in preventing infections after an appendectomy

New antibiotic approved by FDA will fight bacterial infections in hospitals

New antibiotic approved by FDA will fight bacterial infections in hospitals

CT screening lowers negative appendectomy rate from 20% to 3% at urban hospital

CT screening lowers negative appendectomy rate from 20% to 3% at urban hospital

Medical imaging costs at a steady percentage of overall hospital costs

Medical imaging costs at a steady percentage of overall hospital costs

MRI is both safe and accurate for diagnosing pregnant women with acute pain in the abdomen and pelvis

MRI is both safe and accurate for diagnosing pregnant women with acute pain in the abdomen and pelvis

Nasogastric tube after abdominal surgery slows recovery

Nasogastric tube after abdominal surgery slows recovery

Asian children and black children experience higher rates of ruptured appendixes than white children

Asian children and black children experience higher rates of ruptured appendixes than white children

Herbal, nutritional supplements linked to side effects ranging from dry eye to retinal hemorrhages and transient visual loss

Herbal, nutritional supplements linked to side effects ranging from dry eye to retinal hemorrhages and transient visual loss

Missing genes may help explain why plague bacteria are so deadly

Missing genes may help explain why plague bacteria are so deadly

New imaging agent will enable doctors to rapidly and accurately detect those hard-to-diagnose appendicitis cases

New imaging agent will enable doctors to rapidly and accurately detect those hard-to-diagnose appendicitis cases

Canadian healthcare policy under the microscope

Canadian healthcare policy under the microscope