What are the Causes of Epiploic Appendagitis?

Q:
What are the causes of epiploic appendagitis?

A:
Epiploic appendagitis is an inflammation at the level of the epiploic appendices. The epiploic appendices are small sacs that filled with fat and appear on the surface of the colon and rectum.

There are two categories of epiploic appendagitis: primary epiploic appendagitis and secondary epiploic appendagitis. Different categories have its own causes.

For primary epiploic appendagitis, when the blood supply to your epiploic appendages gets cut off, it will occur. The appendage will get twisted, which causes pain. Blood vessels which suddenly collapse or get a blood clot can also cause primary epiploic appendagitis.

For secondary appendagitis, the most common cause is that the tissue around the colon, or the colon itself, becomes infected or inflamed, like in diverticulitis or appendicitis. The symptoms are similar so that it is often mistaken for diverticulitis and appendicitis.

Men aged 40-50 are more likely to get epiploic appendagitis. Some other possible factors include following:

  • Obesity
  • Large meal

Pay attention to your lifestyle and diet, the incidence of epiploic appendagitis can be lowered.

Keywords: the causes of epiploic appendagitis; primary epiploic appendagitis; secondary appendagitis.

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