Mobile cecum

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

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

It is asymptomatic in many cases, but if symptomatic, may result in mobile cecum syndrome.

  • cecal volvulus: rare, but may also carry a higher complication rate in the event that it occurs
  • mechanical bowel obstruction: rare

Cecopexy (i.e. surgical fixation of the cecum) is sometimes performed in selected symptomatic cases.

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

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