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Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix (a small structure in the intestine), generally caused by bacteria.



Appendicitis is a sudden inflammation or swelling of the appendix. The appendix is a finger-like organ, a "dead-end sac" of sorts, attached to the first part of the large bowel, also known as the colon. The appendix is located in the lower right portion of the abdomen. Until recently, this organ was thought to be useless and its function remained a mystery. Scientists however, have found that the appendix plays a role in immune system function. It is involved, more specifically, in the production of antibodies. Since many other components throughout the body are also implicated in this task, the appendix is not vital to the body's proper functioning.
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