Sahel Medical Journal

Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads.

Remember me or Register

DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT Open Access  DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT Subscription or Fee Access

Mesenteric Cysts Presenting with Acute Intestinal Obstruction: A Case Report

JO Adeniran, L Abdur-Rahman, AA Nasir


Mesenteric cysts are very rare. When they occur, they are usually found either incidentally at laparotomy or during investigations for an abdominal mass. Only rarely do they present with acute intestinal obstruction. Abdominal X-ray or ultrasound may not help in confirming the diagnosis. We 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 made uneventful recovery. A high index of suspicion is important when managing children with acute intestinal obstruction as mesenteric cyst may be an uncommon cause.

(Key words: Mesenteric Cyst: Intestinal Obstruction).

Sahel Medical Journal Vol.7(1) 2004: 39-40
AJOL African Journals Online