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What is the appendix?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The appendix is a small, finger-like pouch that sticks out from the cecum (the first part of the large intestine near the end of the small intestine) in the lower portion of the abdomen. A healthy appendix generally averages 10 cm in length.

The appendix is a small pouch that hangs from the large intestine on the lower right side of the body. Food passes by the appendix as it travels through the digestive system. No one knows what the appendix does, but what we do know is that the body works fine without it.

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