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What does the appendix do? What happens if you have appendicitis? How do physicians treat appendicitis?

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In brief: Not much

Some lymph cells and minimal known function.
Once inflamed appendicitis, it may rupture or abscess so it is removed, and most folks do quite well without.

In brief: Not much

Some lymph cells and minimal known function.
Once inflamed appendicitis, it may rupture or abscess so it is removed, and most folks do quite well without.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: See below

The appendix probably functions as an immune organ similar to your tonsils.
If it becomes infected (appendicitis) it should be surgically removed as this can lead to peritonitis, perforation and sepsis..

In brief: See below

The appendix probably functions as an immune organ similar to your tonsils.
If it becomes infected (appendicitis) it should be surgically removed as this can lead to peritonitis, perforation and sepsis..
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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