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The Human Appendix

What is the Appendix?

The Appendix is a worm-shaped appendage that sticks out from the top portion of the large intestine.

The appendix can become inflamed. If an inflamed appendix is not treated immediately, the appendix can burst.

What is the Main Function of Appendix?

The main function of the appendix is unknown.

Diseases and Conditions of the Appendix

Appendicitis and Carcinoid Syndrome are the most common conditions that affect the appendix. Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix.

Carcinoid syndrome is a condition where caracinoid tumors grow in the appendix. The tumors may spread to other parts of the body.

Where is the Appendix located?

To look at the intestine in relation to other organs in the body, visit the digestive system.

 

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