Although about two out of five patients treated with antibiotics required surgery afterwards, the benefits of a non-surgical approach for people spared by a relapse of appendicitis consist in particular to avoid the potential complications of anesthesia recovery much longer.

Nevertheless, you might want to know why to keep this organ, while 7% of us will develop appendicitis in our lifetime? The answer, my friends, is that the schedule is containing biologically useful tissues that could help prevent unpleasant gastrointestinal upsets.

As early as 1913, a British surgeon had pointed out that the appendix was a mass of lymphoid tissue that most probably protects against harmful infections. "The vermiform appendix of man is not just a vestigial structure," wrote Dr. Edred M. Corner in the British Medical Journal. "On the contrary, it is a specialized part of the digestive tract, Nature having used an endangered structure and giving it a secondary function by giving it a lymphoid tissue to protect the body against the microorganisms of the body. iléo-caecale region. . "

Today, a century later, researchers have provided evidence to support Dr. Corner, contradicting the longstanding medical dogma of removing the appendix, not only when it is infected, but whenever a surgical procedure makes it accessible. . Sixteen years ago, while I was about to be operated on for a strangulated intestine, I was asked if I wanted to remove my appendix at the same time.

My answer was "Good God no! This could be useful. Although I could not name any biological evidence at the time, I imagined that evolution had not produced or preserved the appendix for no reason. Heather F. Smith, an evolutionary biologist, and colleagues at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, found compelling evidence that "the appendix had apparently evolved independently more than 30 times during the course of mammal evolution, suggesting that this has provided an adaptive advantage, she said.

"The appendix, with its high concentration of lymphoid tissue, stimulates and supports the immune system, particularly when pathogens invade the gastrointestinal tract," she explained. In addition, she suggested, we could do much better to preserve the potential of this tissue in terms of health promotion.

Dr. Smith pointed out that although great apes, several other primates and rodents have an appendage, only humans get appendicitis, a disease that primarily affects people in industrialized countries who consume diets Westernized high-carbohydrate and fiber that can cause calcified carbohydrates particles are trapped in the opening of the appendix.