An appendectomy is the most common emergency operation for children. If the inflamed organ is left, it can burst and lead to death
Once dubbed as a "useless" part of the body, the appendix might have a biological use after all - immunity.
Researchers using next generation DNA sequencing have identified potentially actionable mutations in cancers of the appendix. The findings can help treat patients with chemotherapy or other targeted agents that work on those mutations.
It’s commonly thought that the appendix is useless, only in our bodies to cause pain and be removed.