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do people ever have a spastic appendix?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Nit likely: I have never heard of that as a condition.

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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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