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CASE REPORT
Year : 2004  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-41

Mesenteric cysts presenting with acute intestinal obstruction


Department of Paediatric Surgical Unit, University of IIorin Teaching Hospital, IIorin, Kwara State, Nigeria

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J O Adeniran
Department of Paediatric Surgical Unit, University of IIorin Teaching Hospital, IIorin, Kwara State
Nigeria
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Mesenteric cysts a re very rare. When they occur, they are usuall y found either incid entally at laparotomy or during investigations for an abdominal mass. Only rarel y d o they present with acut e intestinal obstruction. Abdominal X -ray or ultrasound may not help in confirming the diagnosis. W e present 3 children with proximal bowel obstruction due to mesenteric cysts. All the cysts were congenital in origin. The 3 children needed bowel resection with primary anastomosis. All mad e uneventful recovery. A high index of suspicion is important when managing children with acut e intestinal obstruction as mesenteric cyst may be an uncommon cause.


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