Abdominal cocoon: report of a case

M Kumar, M Deb, R Parshad
Surgery Today 2000, 30 (10): 950-3
The abdominal cocoon is a rare cause of intestinal obstruction most often found in adolescent girls from tropical and subtropical countries. It is characterized by a thick fibrotic sac covering the small bowel partially or completely, the etiology of which is unknown. A correct diagnosis is not often made preoperatively; however, following simple surgical release of the entrapped bowel, these patients usually do well. We report herein our experience of a case of abdominal cocoon with a brief review of the medical literature on this unusual disease entity.

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