The ileocecal valve syndrome

In the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts, there are 3 valves that separate the GI tract into distinctive digestive areas; there valves are:

1. Gastro-esophageal valve: separates the esophagus from the stomach

2. Pylorus: separates the stomach from the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum

3. Ileocecal valve: separates the small intestine from the large intestine (Colon)

These esophageal valves are controlled by the autonomic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system closes the valves, and the parasympathetic nervous system opens them

Ileocecal valve syndrome is a term used to describe a weak ileocecal valve found most often as a consequence of long-term constipation or straining excessively at defecation, causing colonic bacteria and fecal materials to leak into the intestine due to back pressure over the ileocecal valve. The passage of the fecal materials into the intestine causes them to be absorbed by the intestine into the systemic circulation, resulting in “Auto-intoxication

As the body starts to absorb its own feces and toxins, edema will start to be accumulated in the interstitial spaces to dilute these toxins, beside activating the immune system to attack the tissues where these toxins precipitate in, resulting in “Autoimmune disorders

The ileocecal valve is the Only region in the GI tract that absorbs vitamin B12 and bile salts. An open ileocecal valve will inadequately absorb vitamin B12 (Methylation) and bile salts (Causing high cholesterol)

The ileocecal valve rests on the psoas muscle, which when infected by an open ileocecal valve, will cause muscle spasm and pain. A right-sided psoas muscle spasm will causes right-sided, pelvic, clockwise rotational malalignment (Depressed right iliac wing)    

A defect in the iliocecal valve is called “The great mimicker”, and will present as:

1. Fluid retention & leg edema (To dilute the toxins that enter the ileum from the colon)

2. Entrapment neuropathies (due to generalized body fluid retention)

3. Sudden low back pain especially on sitting with NO mechanical cause (due to E. coli infection)

4. Migraine headaches & Pseudo-Meniere disease (due to body toxicities)

5. Dark circles around the eye (due to adrenal fatigue)

6. Burning feet syndrome (due to toxic neuropathy)

7. Inflammatory bowel diseases (due to adrenal fatigue)

8. Chest pain that mimics heart angina

9. Sacroiliac pain (due to E. coli infection)

10. Right shoulder pain (due to E. coli infection)


Selected references

1. Walther DS. Applied kinesiolgy synopsis. 1988; Triad of Health Publishing; 2nd edition