Epiploic appendagitis is a rare, benign, self-limiting inflammation of the epiploic appendices. Self-limiting means that the condition has a limit on how bad it can get. Like a spring, the more you press it, the more it wants to return back. Self-limiting condition wants to get back to its normal (thus healthy) state. Epiploic appendagitis is not to be confused with appendicitis, which is a serious condition.
Epiploic appendices are
small sacs filled with fat and are located on the surface of the lower colon and rectum. Other terms for epiploic appendices are appendix epiploica, epiploic appendages or appendices epiploicae. The function of these appendages is not known.
They however can become inflamed, which is not a serious but a very painful condition. The mean age of patients with this condition reported is approximately 38 years and there is no deviation between men and women. Between 50 to 100 appendages could be present in a healthy individual. The average length is about 1 inch but can be as long as 6 inches.
The following picture shows epiploic appendages. (Lumps of fat visible at right.)
The following picture shows another example. (Lumps of fat visible at right.)