Lipoma of ileocecal valve

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 12 May 2021

Lipomas of the ileocecal valve are a rarer entity than the more commonly occurring lipomatosis of the ileocecal valve. They can be differentiated from the latter as they have a demarcating capsule around the fatty tissue and are confined to only one of the ileocecal valve lips 1. Pathologically they are similar to lipomas of other sites.

Radiographic features

They appear as rounded, smoothly outlined and sharply demarcated masses, having fat attenuation centered on the ileocecal valve. Differentiation on imaging from focal lipomatosis can be difficult.

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