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The Secret of the Appendix

The Secret of the Appendix

For most of history, humans have had no idea what the appendix was for. Most people think it was once used to digest grass and others say it does nothing. But recently scientists have discovered that the appendix has played a vital part in our digestive system. Unfortunately, most people

What does the appendix do – the answer is NOT nothing

What does the appendix do – the answer is NOT nothing

I often talk about the importance of cultivating the “right” microflora. If your microflora take a serious knock, thanks to the antics of a nasty bug, your body does exactly this, it cultivates the “right” microflora, so that you get back on your feet, quickly. And get rid of that

What is appendicitis? – Frankfort Regional Medical Center

What is appendicitis? – Frankfort Regional Medical Center

Appendicitis is a localized inflammation of the appendix, which is a small tubular structure that is located at the beginning of the colon, attached to the cecum. It’s generally considered a vestigial organ, which means we don’t know why it’s there. It doesn’t have an obvious purpose. But I think

Acute Appendicitis Part 1 – Definition, Anatomy and Epidemiology

Acute Appendicitis Part 1 – Definition, Anatomy and Epidemiology

Narrator: So first of all, what is acute appendicitis? Well, it’s defined as inflammation of the vermiform appendix; however, this inflammatory process may extend beyond the appendix to affect the adjacent colon. For those of you who aren’t aware, the appendix is named vermiform due to its resemblance to a

How is a ruptured appendix treated? – Frankfort Regional Medical Center

How is a ruptured appendix treated? – Frankfort Regional Medical Center

Most of the time, we do the appendectomies laparoscopically, which involves usually three incisions that are half an inch to an inch in length. We go in and we detach the appendix, and we remove it through those little trocars. Many times, patients can go home right away or they

6 Emergency Signs of an Appendix About to Burst JULI

6 Emergency Signs of an Appendix About to Burst JULI

6 Emergency Signs of an Appendix About to Burst 1. Abdominal Pain According to Dr. Michael Payne, a gastroenterologist at the Harvard affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance, appendicitis is difficult to diagnose by doctors. Dr. Payne explains that although appendicitis is “a very common illness…many people don’t have classic symptoms” aside