Do You Really Need Your Appendix?

Attached to one end of your large intestine is a narrow tube-shaped sac called the appendix.

It is about the size of your longest finger.

Scientists feel that at one time, thousands of years ago, this appendix may have served a purpose in early man’s digestive system. Now, however, it seems to be of no use.

In fact, if the appendix becomes infected by bacteria, it fills with pus and must be removed by surgery, or it might burst and poison the body organs surrounding it.

The first successful appendix operation was performed in Great Britain over 250 years ago.

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7 thoughts on “Do You Really Need Your Appendix?”

  1. why did you have it removed? Today I’m sitting in the hospital waiting on my baby brother to get out of surgery because doctors believe his appendix is infected! N he cannot poop! So they are removing it I’m really worried his only 17 n is going through surgery to remove a body part that DOCTORs beilive is useless. Next thing is going to be toes? How can humans question gods creation!

  2. if your appendix is the size of your largest finger would it shrink if you got your largest finger removed

  3. I had mine out, and I’m only 14. And you don’t need it. It doesn’t have any real use, it carries some beneficial bacteria, but you won’t die without it. You rarely use it anyway.

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