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What's the purpose of the appendix?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The appendix was often thought to have no purpose in the body. In this video, learn more about the appendix as Dr. Oz what it really does.



Patricia Raymond, MD
Gastroenterology
Most agree that in modern man the appendix represents a "vestigial" organ, defined as a non-essential part "left over" from evolution. The appendix has some lymphoid tissue (as do your tonsils), so it plays a minor immune role. Not completely useless, surgeons may use the appendix in bladder reconstruction surgery.

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