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I don't have my organs on the "wrong" side of the body, but is it still possible that I have my appendix on my left side?

I don't have my organs on the "wrong" side of the body, but is it still possible that I have my appendix on my left side?

Not possible: One's appendix is never on the left side of the body. To the best of my knowledge, this has never occurred in anyone, ever. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

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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What side is you appendix on?

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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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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Does the appendix serve any purpose in the body?

Does the appendix serve any purpose in the body?

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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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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I been having pain in my lower right side for about a day and a half. Could it be my appendix?

I been having pain in my lower right side for about a day and a half. Could it be my appendix?

Yes: But it could a variety of other things. Best to see a doctor and be evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm having pain on my right side radiating to my back. Could it be my appendix?

I'm having pain on my right side radiating to my back. Could it be my appendix?

Maybe: Site of pain may not be typical if the appendix lies in an unusual place. Sometimes it is felt around the back or lower down in the groin. Typically pain starts in mid abdomen and then migrates to right lower quadrant, becoming worse in 6 to 24 hours. If concerned see physician for exam. ...Read more

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