DIVERTICULITIS of the colon is a fairly common condition, but the majority of cases of diverticulitis involve the sigmoid colon. Mayo1 in 1950 reviewed 202 cases of diverticulitis of the colon, and, of these, 198 were in the sigmoid and only 2 were in the cecum.
In the case which is being reported there was a solitary diverticulum of the cecum. Of the previously reported cases of diverticulitis of the cecum, most were solitary diverticula. Anderson2 in 1947 published a complete review of the literature, and, including 8 cases which he reported, he was able to find 99 cases of acute diverticulitis of the cecum. In this series the average age of the patients was 39.1 years, as compared with the average age of 54 years for patients with all types of diverticulitis as reported by Mayo. The sex incidence was about equal between males and females.