Small bowel volvulus induced by mesenteric lymphangioma in an adult: a case report

Jin Hee Jang, Su Lim Lee, Young Mi Ku, Chang Hyeok An, Eun Deok Chang
Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society 2009, 10 (3): 319-22
Mesenteric lymphangiomas are rare abdominal masses that are seldom associated with small bowel volvulus, and especially in adult patients. We report here on an unusual case of small bowel volvulus that was induced by a mesenteric lymphangioma in a 43-year-old man who suffered from repeated bouts of abdominal pain. At multidetector CT, we noticed whirling of the cystic mesenteric mass and the adjacent small bowel around the superior mesenteric artery. Small bowel volvulus induced by the rotation of the mesenteric lymphangioma was found on exploratory laparotomy. Lymphangioma should be considered as a rare cause of small bowel volvulus in adult patients.

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