What are omental infarction and epiploic appendagitis and how are they related? What is the ideal treatment of these processes?
Spontaneous torsion or infarction of either the omentum or epiploic appendages of the colon can mimic either appendicitis or other acute abdominal pathologic conditions based on their location. For both, the process is generally self-limiting, with conservative (nonsurgical) care recommended. CT is the mainstay of diagnosis and can avoid unnecessary surgery.