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Ger Med Sci. 2012;10:Doc14. doi: 10.3205/000165. Epub 2012 Oct 30.

Epiploic appendagitis of caecum: a diagnostic dilemma.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Government Medical College, Srinagar, India.


Epiploic appendagitis is a rare cause of acute abdomen. Depending on the site of occurrence, it can mimic any cause of acute abdomen or disease of the colon and caecal appendix; making its preoperative diagnosis very difficult. We present here a case of a 7-year-old boy misdiagnosed preoperatively as acute appendicitis and later on, upon surgical exploration, found to have caecal appendagitis. The affected epiploic appendage was removed and the patient had an uneventful recovery. We also review the relevant literature and discuss the measures to overcome this diagnostic dilemma. General surgeons should be aware of this self-limiting disease and consider it as a differential diagnosis of acute abdomen.


acute abdomen; acute appendicitis; appendices epiploicae; caecal appendagitis; epiploic appendagitis; torsion

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