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What Is The Appendix? | The Fact Site

If there are any issues with this little wondrous organ, the appendix can happily be taken out without any notable side effects. I’m sure we all know many people who have had it removed.

The extraction is often required for an array of conditions and illnesses, most commonly, appendicitis. It is quite a routine surgery. If the symptoms are missed  for some reason and not caught in time, they can cause huge issues for the patient. This includes the spread of infection to other areas of the abdomen, due to the organ literally bursting.

And now for some fun facts!

Did you know the Koala bear has a rather remarkable appendix? Although technically called the cecum, the organ is often greatly likened to the appendix. Its length is around 2 meters (6.56 ft.), which makes it one of the longest in the world. The main reason for the cecum is to process the tough Australian leaves which they mainly survive on.

What is the largest human appendix?

In Croatia, a 72 year-old patient somehow managed to disguise the fact that he possessed a whopping 26cm (10.2 in) long appendix. It was only discovered after his death when it was removed by surgeons in 2006.

The first record of appendicitis.

It’s thought that the first written record of a case of appendicitis was in 30 A.D. by Aretaeus of Cappadocia. Aretaeus actually documented that he drained an abscess from a patient’s appendix, but didn’t identify what the organ was. It would take until the 1400’s for the appendix to be properly documented during an authorized lawful dissection of a human.

So there we have it, the seemingly pointless and unnecessary organ we all possess, which is the butt of every joke about useless body parts, may actually have a job after all! That said, don’t let this worry you if you have had it removed – the risks outweigh the gains by far according to those in the know.

One thing is for sure, never think anything is useless! Everything has a purpose, from your nails to your heart. There is always a job for every inch of our bodies!

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