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Are appendix related problems genetic?
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
In brief: Generally not
Inflammation of the appendix, or appendicitis, is not genetically related.
However, some tumors of the appendix may be.

In brief: Generally not
Inflammation of the appendix, or appendicitis, is not genetically related.
However, some tumors of the appendix may be.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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