For citation purposes: Das SS, Pangtey B, Mishra S. Subhepatic caecum: Its embryological basis and clinical implications. OA Anatomy 2014 Oct 19;2(3):27.

Case report

Developmental Anatomy

Subhepatic caecum: Its embryological basis and clinical implications.

S Das, B Pangtey, S Mishra

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(1) Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Congenital abnormalities of the intestine are common. Most of them are anomalies of gut rotation, non-rotation or malrotation that result from incomplete rotation and/or fixation of the intestines.

Case Report

We have found a rare abnormality of caecum, which was present in the sub hepatic region with the presence of short ascending colon during routine dissection classes for undergraduate students in a 60 year old male cadaver.


When this developmental misplacement is associated with appendicitis, it can lead to misdiagnosis and severe complications during operations. Awareness of nature and characteristics of this anomaly should be known to surgeons and radiologists. We have explained the embryological basis of such unusual position of the caecum and have commented on its clinical importance for surgery.

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