Appendectomy was the means of preventing severe pain in the lower back

The removal of the inflamed vermiform Appendix is one of the most common operations performed by surgeons for over 130 years. Remote and some useful properties of such interventions was only now discovered.

Reasons why a person experiences excruciating pain in the lumbar spine, can be very much – from herniated discs to diseases of the internal organs. A large number of people suffering from severe pain in the lower back, they can be caused by disease called rheumatoid spondylitis or ankylosing spondylitis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

In this case, pain in the lower back and surrounding soft tissues caused by chronic inflammation, which gradually leads to loss of mobility and flexibility of the spine.

The disease affects up to 1.5% of the adult population. It is believed that in most cases the root cause of this disease is the same as with “classical” rheumatoid arthritis – excessive activity of the immune system which begins to attack healthy tissues of the body.

But scientists from Sweden have made a huge contribution to the study of the still largely mysterious ankylosing spondylitis – they found that changes in the composition of the microflora of the colon, which occurs after appendectomy reduces the risk of developing this systemic disease.
But the “protective effect” of the operation to removal of the inflamed vermiform Appendix of the cecum is observed only in the case when the Appendix was removed in childhood.

Scientists from the Swedish University of Gothenburg (University of Gothenburg) conducted an analysis of information from medical records more than 14,000 of the inhabitants of this Scandinavian country.

They found that people who surgery appendectomy was performed until reaching 17 years of age, the risk of developing rheumatoid spondylitis decreased by 40%.

These same researchers also found that those study participants who as a child had pneumonia, the risk of developing rheumatoid spondylitis, increased by 20%.

Scientists say that the findings suggest that certain bacteria can increase the risk of ankylosing spondylitis, and others to reduce the risk of its development.

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