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Question: What causes an ileocecal valve to appear patulous

 skimom - Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:22 am

What does it mean when an ileocecal valve appears patulous on a colonoscopy? This was noticed on a 60 year old female with a history of irritable bowel, dairy allergy, lactose intolerace, and reflux. Family history not significant for bowel disease. Medications were Nexium and vitamins.

Thank you for any info!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:30 pm

User avatar Hi Skimom,

Patulous would indicate the valve was open. This is very likely due to normal peristalsis (muscle waves) that is moving intestinal contents into the colon.

Best wishes.

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