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Minerva Chirurgica 2002 August;57(4):509-12

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Mesenteric cyst neoformation. A case report

Franciosi C., Romano F., Giardino A., Piacentini M. G., Ferrari Bravo A., Motta V., Uggeri F.


Mesenteric cysts are rare lesions, with 1 case per 100,000 hospital admission reported. They have to be differentiated from ovarian cysts, gastrointestinal duplications and desmoid cysts. The symptoms are variable, ranging from asymptomatic cases with incidental discovery to chronic abdominal discomfort and acute abdomen. They are usually correlated to the location and the size of the lesion. Abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography may lead to a correct diagnosis, which is regularly made at the time of abdominal exploration. Surgery is the treatment of choice, consisting with the removal of the cyst, eventually associated with bowel resection. It has to be radical in order to prevent the recurrence of the disease. A case of mesenteric cyst in a sixty-nine-years-old woman hospitalized for chronic abdominal pain is reported. In this case the cyst has been enucleated from the mesentery with open surgery without the need for bowel resection.

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