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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.
Cotton swab dramatically reduces infections in post-operative incision sites

Cotton swab dramatically reduces infections in post-operative incision sites

Removal of tonsils and appendix heightens risk of heart attack: Study

Removal of tonsils and appendix heightens risk of heart attack: Study

Appendix and tonsil surgeries before age 20 can increase risk of premature heart attack

Appendix and tonsil surgeries before age 20 can increase risk of premature heart attack

FDA approves APP Pharmaceuticals' Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection

FDA approves APP Pharmaceuticals' Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection

4,000 Australians are dying each year of a disease as treatable as appendicitis

4,000 Australians are dying each year of a disease as treatable as appendicitis

Antibiotics may serve as effective treatment for appendicitis than surgery

Antibiotics may serve as effective treatment for appendicitis than surgery

KCMC uses Toshiba's diagnostic imaging systems to treat pediatric patients

KCMC uses Toshiba's diagnostic imaging systems to treat pediatric patients

Pawlenty assails government-run health care in N.H. trip

Pawlenty assails government-run health care in N.H. trip

Early appendectomy appears to reduce time away from normal activities in children with appendicitis

Early appendectomy appears to reduce time away from normal activities in children with appendicitis

Merck announces publication of GARDASIL pivotal Phase III study data in NEJM

Merck announces publication of GARDASIL pivotal Phase III study data in NEJM

Children more likely to suffer from appendicitis in areas with few pediatricians

Children more likely to suffer from appendicitis in areas with few pediatricians

Merck announces FDA approval for GARDASIL against HPV-related anal cancer

Merck announces FDA approval for GARDASIL against HPV-related anal cancer

Laparoscopic approach still best for most patients, not for all: Study

Laparoscopic approach still best for most patients, not for all: Study

Study reports increased CT usage in emergency departments

Study reports increased CT usage in emergency departments

Merck announces FDA Advisory Committee approval of GARDASIL for anal cancer and AIN treatment

Merck announces FDA Advisory Committee approval of GARDASIL for anal cancer and AIN treatment

Single-incision, robot surgery at UT Southwestern helps fix congenital narrowing of ureters

Single-incision, robot surgery at UT Southwestern helps fix congenital narrowing of ureters

Emergency physicians to present research studies at Research Forum 2010

Emergency physicians to present research studies at Research Forum 2010

Severity of appendicitis can be predicted from blood sample, shows thesis

Severity of appendicitis can be predicted from blood sample, shows thesis

Study confirms effectiveness of CT for diagnosis of appendicitis

Study confirms effectiveness of CT for diagnosis of appendicitis

Arizona's smoking ban reduces hospital admissions for stroke, asthma and angina

Arizona's smoking ban reduces hospital admissions for stroke, asthma and angina