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Are Appendix Related Problems Genetic
Not likely: The appendix is a small 'appendage' that extends off the start of the colon--about six ft long (large intestine)--where the small bowel (@20ft long) empties into at the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. It is an evolutionary leftover piece of tissue which has no function; however when it becomes blocked and inflamed, appendicitis, it needs removal (i suppose this functions to help the surgeon). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
No: Pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen of a female can be caused by many things including appendicitis, ovarian problems (cysts, torsion, infection), kidney stones, bowel inflammation, pulled muscle, etc. Your history will help a doctor properly diagnose your problem. I recommend seeking medical attention, especially if it persists/gets worse or you have fever or nausea/vomiting. ...Read more
Appendicitis?: Are you asking about appendicitis? The appendix is a small out pouching of beginning of colon. The lining of the bowel secretes mucus including the appendix. If the opening of appendix get plugged with a hard piece of stool (fecalith) the mucus being made in the appendix builds up pressure do much that it begins to starve for blood and gets sick (ischemic). ...Read more
Usually not: Appendix problems is the trickiest diagnosis a doctor can make. Sometimes, there is a small elevation in the wbc, but it can be normal. Usually a doctor will press on the lower right quadrant and see if you have any tenderness/pain. The diagnosis is made clinically, and radiologically with a cat scan. Go see your doctor asap if it worsens. Rupture ovarian cysts also masquarade as this too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the actual role of the appendix? Does it has immune functions and do people who had it removed have immune problems?
Does not matter: Indications for an appendectomy is not an elective option. When you have appendicitis ave to remove it surgically; otherwise it can rupture, cause peritonitis, sepsis, shock and death. It's considered a vestigial structure by most (had a purpose before we became omnivores). Do not worry about the immune function of your appendix. Just remove it. Your body knows what to do afterwards. ...Read more
Go immediately: If you suspect appendicitis, go to the er for eval. If it ruptures, the consequences are severe. Other problems can include ectopic pregnancy, diverticulitis and ovary torsion/twisting. Appendicitis is generally an acute problem, not a chronic one. A doctor can examine and order tests to diagnose the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No : Even if they did the material is inert and would not react with anything don't worry. Millions at least have been used. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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