Appendicitis

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a 3 1/2-inch-long tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine. The appendix contains specialized tissue that can produce antibodies, but no one is absolutely certain what its function is. One thing we do know: We can live without it, without apparent consequences.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery to remove the appendix. Left untreated, an inflamed appendix will eventually burst, or perforate, spilling infectious materials into the abdominal cavity. This can lead to peritonitis, a serious inflammation of the abdominal cavity's lining (the peritoneum) that can be fatal unless it is treated quickly with strong antibiotics.
source: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=41960

ANOTHER WEBSITE WITH MORE INFORMATION: PubMed Health: Appendicitis

source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1128.htm
source: http://appendectomy.smarthealth-guide.com/a-common-pathway-of-appendicitis-appendectomy-healing-beaver-film-fest/
source: http://med.brown.edu/pedisurg/Brown/Image%20bank%20pages/Appendix.html

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