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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.
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

UK women have caught up with men in their alcohol consumption

UK women have caught up with men in their alcohol consumption

Pregnant women at risk for unnecessary operations due to misdiagnosis of appendicitis

Pregnant women at risk for unnecessary operations due to misdiagnosis of appendicitis

Eating raw fish raises potential health concerns

Eating raw fish raises potential health concerns

Beneficial bacteria in the appendix aid digestion after infection

Beneficial bacteria in the appendix aid digestion after infection

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