Category Archive: appendicitis

Jun 17

What Does Your Appendix Do?

Traditionally, doctors have thought of the appendix as a ‘vestigial’ organ, with no important function in modern humans. But not so fast! Today, there is some evidence that the appendix may serve as a sort of storage room for the friendly bacteria that should populate the healthy intestine. The bacterial contents of the appendix may …

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Feb 27

Abdominal Pain and Appendicitis

The first person involved in diagnosing appendicitis is not usually the internist, the gastroenterologist or even the emergency room doctor. Very often it is the patients themselves, because the pain is serious enough to drive many people to a hospital emergency room. Modern hospitals have facilities that can identify or rule out appendicitis as the …

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