Epiploic appendages

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Epiploic appendages (or appendix epiploica, plural: appendices epiploicae) are peritoneum-lined protrusions of subserosal fat that arise from the surface of the large bowel

Epiploic appendages typically measure 1.5 x 3.5 cm but have been reported to measure up to 15 cm in length 4. There are between 50-100 of them in the large bowel and extend from the caecum (where they may be absent) to the rectosigmoid junction. They are distributed longitudinally in two rows on the medial (along the taenia libera) and the posterolateral (along the taenia omentalis) aspects of the large bowel. There is only one row of appendices epiplicoae along the transverse colon and there are none along the rectum.

They are supplied by one to two small nutrient arteries that pierce the bowel serosa; it is here where colonic diverticula are thought to arise.

Not normally visible on fluoroscopy, radiography or CT unless they are surrounded by contrasting material (e.g. contrast medium from HSG, haemoperitoneum or ascites) 4.


Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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rID: 26187
Section: Anatomy
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Appendices epiploicae
  • Epiploic appendages

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