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A 46-year-old member asked:

what is a twisted appendix?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Torsion: That might refer to an appendix which has twisted and become gangrenous.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Sometimes the pain from an inflamed appendix can start around your naval. The pain usually worsens over time and moves to McBurney's point which is in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen. Usually the area is tender when touched or when pressure is released. Things which are jolting like walking or coughing can increase the pain. You likely don’t feel like eating if you have appendicitis. As appendicitis progresses you could experience nausea, vomiting, loose bowel movements, constipation, a fever or chills.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Are there any long-term consequences of removing the appendix?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: This is a unnecessary body part and some states require its removal if you have an abdominal operation for other reasons.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the role and function of appendix?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Unknown.: It is uncertain if the appendix plays a minor role in immune function in infancy. What is certain is that it can be removed safely with no obvious long-term side effects and clearly has no major physiologic role in adult life.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Are there any risks with removing your appendix?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: The appendix serves no function that we are aware of, therefore, people do very well without one. If caught early and removed prior to rupture, appendectomy is a low-risk procedure, with low complication rates comparable to any abdominal surgery. If the appendix has ruptured, there is a risk of developing a delayed infection weeks after surgery.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What side is you appendix on?

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Appendix: Your appendix is located in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Cramping on the right side. Is it appendix?

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Dr. Aj Rastogi
Pain Management 18 years experience
Could be many things: Cramping may be simple as muscle spasms and tension or something more involved such as a hernia or appendicitis. If you notice difficulty with meals, bowel/bladder issues, fevers/chills, or severe knife-like pain definitely have it investigated.

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