This is general information and advice regarding your child's hospital stay and follow-up care. In specific cases, you may receive different / additional instructions from your doctor. You are advised to follow any instructions given to you by your doctor or nurse. Please seek clarification when in doubt.
The appendix is a 4- to 10-cm long, finger-like structure arising from the caecum which is the first part of the large intestine. The lining of the appendix contains cells which help fight infection. The appendix is normally found in the right lower part of the abdomen and can be removed without detrimental effect.
Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix. In many cases, the cause of the infection is unknown.
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