Epiploic Appendagitis - Everything You Need to Know about Epiploic Appendagitis
A rare condition that leads to acute stomach pain.
Mimics appendicitis when the pain occurs on the right side.
- Requires medical diagnosis
- Might be prevented
- Self-limiting, usually go away on its own
- Surgery is usually not required
It is caused by the inflammation of the adipose tissues present in the walls of the colon. These adipose tissues are known as epiploic appendages. Twisting of these tissues leads to inflammatory or ischemic changes that cause a condition known as epiploic appendagitis.
Can affect people of all ages. It is more common in men in the age group of 40-50 years.
The main symptom is abdominal pain and the pain may not be constant. The pain becomes worse with coughing or stretching. The abdomen area tends to become tender.
Rare symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
Self-care: Eating a healthy diet and avoid having large meals, that is to avoid eating a lot of food in a single meal. A balanced lifestyle on food and workout and maintaining a healthy weight can prevent it on the first hand.
Medication: Over-the-counter medicines can reduce pain. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen might be prescribed. Antibiotics might also be prescribed if any kind of infection is examined.
Surgery: Depending on the underlying condition, gallbladder or appendix might have to be removed. Other intestinal surgery might also be recommended. Talk to a mfine health expert if you are experiencing intolerable abdomen pain.