Appendicitis


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Appendicitis and where the appendix is located in the body

Appendicitis is a common reason for belly pain. It happens when the appendix becomes infected and inflamed.

Your appendix is a small, finger-shaped sac that is attached to your large intestine. Experts do not know what the appendix does in the body. Most of the time it does not cause problems.

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Current as ofMay 5, 2017

Current as of: May 5, 2017

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine