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April 1958

Solitary Cecal Diverticulitis

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;76(4):527-529. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280220047009

Acute inflammation in a solitary diverticulum of the cecum is an entity which has not gained wide enough recognition, in spite of the many case reports which have appeared since it was first reported by Potier,9 in 1912. The incidence of all diverticulosis of the colon is said to be between 5% and 8%.10,14 Only about 2% of this number occur as solitary diverticula of the cecum.2 Thus, statistically, cecal diverticulum is a very uncommon, if not rare, lesion, which seldom is mentioned in surgical textbooks. Failure of recognition of the lesion has led, in some instances, to radical surgery, which may have been unnecessary had the surgeon been aware of this condition at the time of operation.

Anderson,1 in 1947, reviewed the entire literature and found reports of 91 cases of diverticulitis of the cecum and added 8 cases to this list. It is particularly