Mobile caecum

Mobile caecum is an anatomical variant and often is defined as a failure of cecum, terminal ileum, and right colon along with the mesentery to fuse to the posterior parietal peritoneal wall. This results in increased mobilty of the caecum

It has been been estimated to occur in 10-20 % of the population 4

It can be asymptomatic in many case but if symptomatic may result in mobile caecum syndrome.

  • caecal volvulus: rare (it may also carry a higher complication rate in an event of a caecal volvulus
  • mechanical bowel obstruction: rare

Caecopexy is sometimes performed in selected symptomatic cases.

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rID: 46971
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Floppy caecum
  • Floppy cecum

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