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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


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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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What causes epiploic appendagitis?

What causes epiploic appendagitis?

ASimpleTwist Of Fate: Epiploic appendeges are teardrop-shaped pieces of fat that are normally attached to the colon. Serendipitously, one can twist & cutoff it's blood supply, causing pain. Fortunately, this causes no further problems however this can be mistaken for other diseases like appendicitis or diverticulitis. Prior to ct, we often found this out in surgery; nowadays, this is often avoided. ...Read more

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What is epiploic appendagitis like?

What is epiploic appendagitis like?

Unexplained pain: The fingerlike fatty appendages can sometimes twist on themselves and constrict the blood supply. when this happens, one feels very localized pain until the distal portion dies off. They usually require no surgery unless they are mistaken for something else, when they can easily be amputated to make the pain better faster. But surgery is usually not necessary ...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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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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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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What is the recommended diet for epiploic appendagitis?

What is the recommended diet for epiploic appendagitis?

Not diet related: Epiploic appendagitis is inflammation of the fatty tissue hanging off the colon in the region of the appendix, and is not diet related per se. High fiber diet with copious fluids to keep stools soft is always recommended. ...Read more

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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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How does one get epiploic appendagitis?

JUST BAD LUCK: Epiploic appendices are small fat globules that hang from the sides of the colon, and they vary in size. If one of these happens to twist on its base (torsion, ) it can lead to lack of blood to the fat, which then dies. This causes pain, and can mimic other inflammatory processes, such as appendicitis, cholecystitis, or diverticulitis, and is discovered at the time of surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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