BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.03.2012.6013
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Mesenteric cyst: drained and marsupialised laparoscopically avoiding enterectomy

  1. Norman Binnie1
  1. 1Surgery Department, Aberdeen Royal Infirmiry, Aberdeen, UK
  2. 2Surgery Department, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, Wales, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Riad Al-Harfoushi, al_harfoushi{at}


A 61-year-old man attended the outpatient department with vague abdominal discomfort associated with left flank pain. After investigation, he was diagnosed with a symptomatic mesenteric cyst (MC). Ultrasound scan (figure 1) of the abdomen revealed a 20×14×25 cm thin-walled peritoneal cyst. The cyst was laying between the spleen and the anterior aspect of the left kidney. The origin of the cyst was not identified. CT scan (figure 2) confirmed the presence of a 25.7×14×20 …

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