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Appendix (Overview)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected and removed by surgeons.


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Where is my appendix?

Where is my appendix?

Right Lower Quad: Your appendix is in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen. Holly:tell the patient what you have been taught- put thumb on asis (that bone that sticks out at the bottom of the lower right side of your belly) and your 5th finger (pinky) on the edge of the pubic bone (near where the hair ends) extend index finger and find where appendix usually is. ...Read more

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Appendix (Overview)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected and removed by surgeons.


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Symptoms of appendix?

Symptoms of appendix?

Common symptoms: Dscomfort around the belly button, usually moves to the right side of the abdomen over several hours. IWorsens with sneezing, coughing, and deep breathing Pain may increase with movement, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, swelling of the abdomen, abdomen feels hard, onstipation, mild diarrhea, slight fever. ...Read more

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Where is your appendix?

Where is your appendix?

Right lower abdomen: Usually located in right lower quadrant of abdomen. Appendix sits at the junction of the small intestine and large intestine. It’s a thin tube about four inches long. ...Read more

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What is rumbled appendix?

What is rumbled appendix?

Ruptured?: Not only inflamed, but burst. A big deal. Pus and poop spread into abdomen and pelvis, perhaps with local pus pocket (abscess). Generally sicker patient, bigger surgery. ...Read more

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What does the appendix do?

Immune system?: Researchers believe that the appendix does serve a function as part of the immune system. Others feel that the appendix is a vestigial organ, once used as part of digestive process. ...Read more

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What is a twisted appendix?

Torsion: That might refer to an appendix which has twisted and become gangrenous. ...Read more

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Can appendix be on the left?

No, however: There is a very rare condition known as situs inversus where your internal organs are reversed or are a mirror image of the normal organ locations. This is an anomaly that occurs during fetal development, usually of no significance. ...Read more

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What side is you appendix on?

Right side: The appendix is located in the lower right side of your abdomen, about a third of the way between your belly button and hip bone. ...Read more

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How to keep appendix healthy?

How to keep appendix healthy?

By staying healthy: Appendicitis is an unpredictable disease, mostly seen in young, contaminated water source, inflammation in the intestine causes lymph follicles to swell resulting blockage of lumen that will result appendicitis in children. ...Read more

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Do appendix attacks come & go?

No: Appendicitis is a progressive infection that gradually gets worse over 24-48 hours resulting in nausea and increasing right lower abdominal pain. Some doctors believe there could be a very rare condition of chronic appendicitis, which I believe does not occur. ...Read more

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What makes your appendix go bad?

What makes your appendix go bad?

Unknown: A common element for many cases of appendicitis is obstruction of the opening, through which it connects with the rest of the intestinal tract (we often find stone-like material upstream from rupture points);however, this is not a universal finding nor do we understand why these appendicoliths form. My guess is that there are many factors that contribute to it developing considering how common it is. ...Read more

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"which side is the appendix on? "

"which side is the appendix on? "

Right: The majority of the time the right lower abdomen. There are rare instances of things being turned around, but extremely rare. ...Read more

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Is the appendix on the left or right?

Right: Right, but it can be long and lay in different areas of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Where is appendix located in mens body?

Right Side: The appendix is located on the right side in men and women. However is can vary. It can be located anywhere on the right side up to the ribs and also down into the pelvis and in the middle of the lower abdomen. ...Read more

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Can your appendix be on your left side?

Yes: Some rare individuals are reversed with mirror image, heart on right side and stomach on right side. Everything reversed. Some people have malrotation or nonrotation of bowel which causes the right side of colon and appendix to be in wrong position. ...Read more

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How long does it take to remove appendix?

Less than an hour: On average, an appendectomy can be performed in 30-45 minutes. This is somewhat dependent on the technique (laparoscopic vs. Open), the degree of inflammation (perforation, abscess, etc.), and patient-factors, such as obesity, prior surgery, etc. ...Read more

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Is it true the appendix has zero purpose?

Is it true the appendix has zero purpose?

Probably not..: The true function of the appendix is unknown but it does have a large amount of lymphatic tissue and might help in early immune system development and function. ...Read more

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What is the role and function of appendix?

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. ...Read more

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Does the appendix do anything for the body?

Does the appendix do anything for the body?

Yes!: The appendix acts as a 'policeman' for our body. It contains lymph tissue that helps fight off foreign invasion to our body such as infection. In the past, it was regarded as useless in that it was often taken out during abdominal surgeries to prevent a future attack of appendicitis.It is now used in reconstructive surgeries too. It turns out to be useful but if it's inflamed it needs to come out! ...Read more

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