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Appendicitis etiology

The incidence of appendicitis is highest among adolescents and young adults (13–40 years of age) (source World Journal of Surgery).

Because the appendix has no known function (it's considered an a vestigial organ) and since the disease has a fatality rate of 0.30 - 0.37% ( Source : Postgraduate Medical Journal), evolutionary theory would suggest that appendicitis should have long ago disappeared.

To sum up : The appendix has no known beneficial function and yet it predominantly kills those at breeding age. Its prevalence is in an apparent conflict with evolutionary theory.

Note: The foregoing assumes that the tendency to develop appendicitis has a genetic link - which is as yet unproved.

Note: This article is in the 'Awaiting Detail' section. Needs cited source for assertion.

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