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Dr. Peter Lydon
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What is epiploic appendagitis and how do you treat it?

What is epiploic appendagitis and how do you treat it?

Fat: It is a twisted piece of fat on the colon. It can be diagnosed by cat scan and surgery is not usually necessary. ...Read more

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Epiploic Appendagitis (Definition)

It's fatty tissue that hangs (appendage) off the colon. When it twists, it cuts off the blood supply and causes inflammation. It can present like appendicitis or diverticulitis but does not need surgery or antibiotics. Treatment is supportive i.E, pain ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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What is epiploic appendagitis?

What is epiploic appendagitis?

The great pretender!: Epiploic appendices are tear-drop shaped projections of fat that are attached to the outer wall of the large intestine. They have a propensity to twist, which may cut-off its blood supply and cause acute pain.This is a self-limiting condition that does not require any treatment. When this occurs on the right side, it is often mistaken for appendicitis, unless a skilled radiologist finds this on ct. ...Read more

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Can you clarify what epiploic appendagitis really is?

Can you clarify what epiploic appendagitis really is?

Twisted Fat on Colon: Epiploic appendices are teardrop shaped pieces of fat that everyone has attached to the outer wall of their large intestine. They can twist on themselves, leading to inflammation and pain in the abdomen. This is a benign and self-limiting problem that requires no treatment, however, it can be mistaken for other more serious problems, especially appendicitis when the pain is in the right-lower area. ...Read more

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Dr. Kirpal Singh
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What is the definition or description of: epiploic appendagitis?

What is the definition or description of: epiploic appendagitis?

See below: It's fatty tissue that hangs (appendage) off the colon. When it twists, it cuts off the blood supply and causes inflammation. It can present like appendicitis or diverticulitis but does not need surgery or antibiotics. Treatment is supportive i.E, pain meds and perhaps nsaids. ...Read more

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Epiploic appendagitis? Whats that?

Epiploic appendagitis? Whats that?

The great pretender!: Epiploic appendices are tear-drop shaped projections of fat that are attached to the outer wall of the large intestine. They have a propensity to twist, which may cut-off its blood supply and cause acute pain.This is a self-limiting condition that does not require any treatment. When this occurs on the right side, it is often mistaken for appendicitis, unless a skilled radiologist finds this on ct. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Anyone know what's epiploic appendagitis?

Anyone know what's epiploic appendagitis?

The great pretender!: Epiploic appendices are tear-drop shaped projections of fat that are attached to the outer wall of the large intestine. They have a propensity to twist, which may cut-off its blood supply and cause acute pain.This is a self-limiting condition that does not require any treatment. When this occurs on the right side, it is often mistaken for appendicitis, unless a skilled radiologist finds this on ct. ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Could someone tell me how long epiploic appendagitis lasts?

Would depend?: Would depend on the treatment your received, the general health you are in, how long you had it prior to treatment and many other factiors. I wish your well and a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Sample
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Is there anything about epiploic appendagitis to look out for?

Does pain change?: Epiploic appendagitis is an uncommon diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with this disorder and your pain worsens, it would be best to be re-evaluated by a doctor. On its own, the disease is usually self limited and the treatment is nonoperative. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Brautigan
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How can you get epiploic appendagitis?

Bad luck: Epiploic appendages are normal fingerlike projections of fat from the large intestine, in rare cases, they can torse (twist) and the end of them can lose blood supply and die off. They are difficult to diagnose, occasionally they are seen on CT scans. The treatment is usually simply pain control and time. Rarely need operation. They are sometimes mistaken for appendicitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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What to do if I have epiploic appendagitis?

??: What symptoms are you having! How do you know you have this? Was a CT scan done? What is your WBC count? Sometimes this can be treated conservatively and sometimes may need surgery. See a surgeon. ...Read more

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