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Appendicitis

Appendicitis

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.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as of April 1, 2013

Current as of: April 1, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

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