A recent study from Midwestern University in the U.S. explains the importance of the appendix and claims that it plays a key role in the immune system.
Researchers analyzed both the presence and absence of the appendix in 533 different mammals and found that those animals with an appendix had a higher concentration of lymphatic tissue in the intestine, which is where the cells responsible for fighting infection are located. This almost serves as “a shield for the body, and it also stimulates the growth of good bacteria.”
In contrast to these benefits, a study published in the magazine Science Direct concludes that not having an appendix is not a threat to how the body functions nor involves any serious changes. They study affirms that people who have had their appendix removed for health reasons just take longer to recover from certain intestinal problems.
Other studies have also proven that the appendix is the home for bacteria essential to the proper balance of intestinal flora.
In conclusion, these studies put an end to the myth that the appendix does not have an important role or in humans.
This tube-shaped sac measures about eight centimeters and connects to the large intestine in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed due to blockage from a foreign body or from fecal material. This condition causes a series of painful symptoms in the abdomen as well as fever, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation and surgery is generally needed to remove the appendix.