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   Posted 7/2/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Was reading a magazine today and there was a small paragraph regarding the appendix which stated that "Recent research suggests it(appendix) may still have a role in supporting the immune system and providing reserves of 'good' bacteria for your gut"
I had always been told it had no role to play!! Makes you wonder especially as lots of Crohn's Sufferers have had their appendix removed.

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   Posted 7/2/2010 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. However, mine wasn't removed until my first major flare and prior to my first resection. It had become chronic and attached to an ovarian cyst that had to be removed also.

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   Posted 7/3/2010 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I was like Lamb too, my appendix was removed at least 20 years after my diagnosis, so its removal didn't cause my Crohns. Hugs!
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   Posted 7/3/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
But what if it was the appendix that started going wrong somehow first? It appears that appendicitis/Crohns in that area can cause similar pain and if the research is correct re the appendix and the immune system/good bacteria, that could then possibly lead onto Crohns. Surgeons think appendicitis- remove  the appendix(as it appears to be in a lot of cases) and subsequently no chance of then putting it all right?
I know, I am no specialist or scientist but all this research certainly make you think!!

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   Posted 7/4/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
There's some researach to suggest that loss of the appendix makes us more susceptible to Crohn's whereas removal of the appendix seems to offer some protection against UC.

I didn't have appendicitis but a surgeon removed my healthy appendix 3 years before my first Crohn's symptoms during a routine tubal ligaton, bladder and uterine suspension. The sucker blackmailed me! I argued w/him for a year but he wouldn't do the tubal ligation w/o also removing the healthy appendix.
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