Intraabdominal focal fat infarction in a 75-year-old woman presenting as acute abdomen

Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Nov;30(9):2096.e3-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2012.01.012. Epub 2012 Mar 16.


Epiploic appendagitis is a rare, self-limiting inflammation of the epiploic appendices or omental appendices. It presents as abdominal pain often misdiagnosed as appendicitis, cholecystitis, or diverticulitis. Epiploic appendagitis can be treated conservatively with anti-inflammatory and pain medications. It is important to diagnose this etiology of abdominal pain in order to avoid long-term hospital stay and other medical expenses including surgery. In this case report we present a rare case of epiploic appendagitis that presents in a 75 year old female patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen, Acute / diagnosis
  • Abdomen, Acute / diagnostic imaging
  • Abdomen, Acute / etiology*
  • Aged
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infarction / complications*
  • Infarction / diagnosis
  • Infarction / diagnostic imaging
  • Intra-Abdominal Fat / blood supply*
  • Intra-Abdominal Fat / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed