Mesenteric lymphangioma causing bowel obstruction: Report of one case

Shih Chang Chang, Shih Hsin Tu, Min Yen Shi, Shih Hung Huang, Kai Mo Chen

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Abstract

A 6-year-old female was sent to our ER due to nausea, vomiting and abdominal distension for 2 days. This child had a history of constipation and failed intermittent medical treatment for 2 years. Her plain abdominal X-ray showed multiple intestinal loops and under the impression of acute abdomen with mechanical intestinal obstruction, an exploratory laparotomy was performed. A huge mesenteric tumor was discovered to be the cause of the intestinal obstruction; the involved bowel and the mesenteric lymphangioma were resected and primary anastomosis was done. Mesenteric cystic lymphangioma is a rare cause of bowel obstruction; preoperative diagnosis is difficult due to silent clinical course and lack of awareness of the clinical and morphological features of this disease. The case is presented along with a review of literature with the conclusion that a high index of suspicion is recommended. An abdominal ultrasonography may be recommended to evaluate a long-term constipated child to ascertain that any cystic lesion will not be missed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-45
Number of pages3
JournalActa Paediatrica Taiwanica
Volume43
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Lymphangioma
Intestinal Obstruction
Cystic Lymphangioma
Acute Abdomen
Constipation
Laparotomy
Nausea
Vomiting
Ultrasonography
X-Rays
Neoplasms
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Abdominal ultrasonography
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Mesenteric cyst
  • Mesenteric lymphangioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Chang, S. C., Tu, S. H., Shi, M. Y., Huang, S. H., & Chen, K. M. (2002). Mesenteric lymphangioma causing bowel obstruction: Report of one case. Acta Paediatrica Taiwanica, 43(1), 43-45.

Mesenteric lymphangioma causing bowel obstruction : Report of one case. / Chang, Shih Chang; Tu, Shih Hsin; Shi, Min Yen; Huang, Shih Hung; Chen, Kai Mo.

In: Acta Paediatrica Taiwanica, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2002, p. 43-45.

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Chang, SC, Tu, SH, Shi, MY, Huang, SH & Chen, KM 2002, 'Mesenteric lymphangioma causing bowel obstruction: Report of one case', Acta Paediatrica Taiwanica, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 43-45.
Chang, Shih Chang ; Tu, Shih Hsin ; Shi, Min Yen ; Huang, Shih Hung ; Chen, Kai Mo. / Mesenteric lymphangioma causing bowel obstruction : Report of one case. In: Acta Paediatrica Taiwanica. 2002 ; Vol. 43, No. 1. pp. 43-45.
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