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Vermiform appendix

In human anatomy, the vermiform appendix (or just appendix) is a blind ended tube connected to the cecum. It develops embryologically from the cecum. In adults, the appendix averages 10cm in length but can range from 2-20cm. While the base of the appendix is at a fairly constant location, the location of the tip of the appendix can vary from being retrocaecal to being in the pelvis to being extraperitoneal.


While most believe the appendix is a useless and purely vestigial organ, others suggest it may have a function in the lymphatic system.

An operation to remove the appendix is an appendectomy.

The most common diseases of the appendix (in humans) are:

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Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45