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The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ situated at the beginning of the large intestine in the lower right abdomen. While its precise function remains uncertain, it is believed to have had a role in the immune system, particularly during early stages of life. Nevertheless, the appendix is generally considered a vestigial organ, indicating that it has lost most or all of its original purpose over the course of evolution.

The most common condition associated with the appendix is appendicitis, which refers to the inflammation of this organ. Appendicitis is often triggered by an obstruction, such as a small piece of hardened stool or a lymphoid follicle. When an obstruction occurs, bacteria can multiply inside the appendix, leading to infection and inflammation. This condition requires immediate medical attention, usually resulting in the surgical removal of the appendix through a procedure called an appendectomy.

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