Can Your Appendix Kill You?


why do we use/need the appendix? or why did we use/need the appendix?

Good question! The appendix used to be considered a completely vestigial organ--that it was just hanging on and that it only used to have a purpose. Surgeons even used to routinely remove the appendix during any other abdominal surgery on the grounds that the appendix was useless and this way it could never cause a problem. That's no longer the case.

The appendix definitely contains some immunological tissue and probably acts as a lymphatic organ. It's possible that it was more important in times when parasitic infections were more prevalent, and you can certainly manage without it, but it definitely does seem to have some function in the immune system, maybe even a relatively important one. Some people even think that it may have a role in hormone production--that's not certain yet, though.

Additionally, the tissue of the appendix is sometimes used in rebuilding structures that are being operated on either in the GI tract or in the genitourinary system. It's much better to transplant part of your own body if they need to rebuild a sphincter or a bladder.

So hang on to your appendix unless it causes real problems. You never know when it may come in handy. *g*


Ok so I have been seeing 'appendix horses' mentioned in the horse section but Im not comletely sure what it is, isn't it a TB crossed with a QH? Is appendix just a fancy name for a TBxQH? Do both horses have to have special bloodines or can you just breed a random TB to any random QH and get an appendix foal? Thanks and please no answers like "horse's dont have an appendix" or something like that ;)

An Appendix can either be a Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred cross, or a cross between another existing Appendix and a Quarter Horse. If the Appendix is breed as above, they are eligible for AQHA registration as long as both parent were also registered. If an Appendix is bred to another Appendix (both registered) the foal cannot be registered in the AQHA. If a Thoroughbred is crossed with an Appendix that foal is also not register-able.

Can you fall and cause your appendix to burst?

Is there any way you can fall and cause your appendix to burst?

If someone appendix was inflamed and swollen a fall which can induce pressure could theoretically cause it to burst. A healthy appendix is quite soft and floppy but strong like the rest of the intestines and unlikely to be injured.

Why does the AQHA allow Appendix QH?

I thought the AQHA only allowed purebred QH. Why does the AQHA allow Appendix QH? And, are Appendix QHs allowed to show at the Congress?

Yes, appendix QHs can show at Congress. As long as they are registered, they can show.

I'm honestly not sure of the reason they allow appendix in the registry. May be to keep fresh bloodlines coming in. May have a lot to do with the fact that TBs were a founding breed to the QH also.

How Do You Know Your Appendix Burst And What Do You Do?

I'm curious, for future reference, what are clear signs that your appendix has burst? Where does it hurt, what is the volume of pain, etc. Secondly, what do you do if your appendix has burst? Besides seeking medical attention as soon as possible. Like, is there something you can do to stop the pain? Because doesn't the appendix hold some chemicals that are deadly to your body? Finally, what are things you should never do if your appendix is broken, to make sure you don't further injure yourself.

First of all, if you have any indication that your appendix burst, there is no way, and there should be no reason to try and make the pain go away. Don't take aspirin, don't do anything but go to the doctor. Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix and if left untreated could be fatal.

Now usually there is only one sign of a ruptured appendix, a sharp or gradual severe pain in the abdomen. In most cases the pain will cause near immobility - in which you will have a lot of trouble moving around. Some people have higher thresholds of pain, so if you notice a consistent pain in your side that stays longer than a cramp would, you should probably have it checked out.

Good news though. The appendix has no known function to the body, so a surgeon can pop it right out of you, and since around 1 in 15 people get appendicitis, it's a pretty common procedure.

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