The lower, right-hand portion of the human abdomen is the junction point of the large and small intestine. The first part of the large intestine is called the colon, and has a small tiny tube attached to it. This tube is known as the appendix. As it is worm-shaped, it is well known as the vermiform appendix. This tiny appendage does not form a part of the large intestine as it has its own supply of blood. Its functioning is like that of any other independent organ. Almost all mammals have it. That goes to prove its importance in the physiology of mammals.
It’s very interesting to note that over time and through the process of evolution, its size has dwindled and mankind would not be surprised if in the future it disappears altogether from the human body. It would be safe and logical to conclude that over time, the role this tiny organ plays has gradually declined.
It has been recognized that during the early, initial phases of human development the appendix was instrumental in the digestion of cellulose. Over time, the human diet no longer contains cellulose. Scientists have not yet identified the precise role the appendix plays in the human body. Though the human body no longer needs it, we continue to inherit it.
The vermiform appendix has plenty of lymphatic channels, which may support good bacteria. The white blood cells in a human body are the most essential components of its defense system. The large intestine has a lot of good as well as bad bacteria. When it is unable to control the population of bacteria, the vermiform appendix comes into play and helps the intestine to regulate it and restore normalcy.
An inflammation of the appendix is called appendicitis and is primarily connected to blockages inside the appendix. This blockage leads to increased pressure, impaired blood flow or inflammation. Bacterial or viral infections can also lead to appendicitis. Hereditary factors are also connected with the malady. The surest and safest method of treatment is the surgical removal of the appendix.
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