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Enterolith ileus and jejunal diverticulitis from jejunal diverticulosis: the complications of a rare gastrointestinal entity
  1. Blake Anthony Sykes and
  2. Chitrakanti Raj Kapadia
  1. General Surgery, Rockhampton Hospital, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Blake Anthony Sykes; blakesykes1992{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Small bowel diverticulosis is rare. False diverticula form in the jejunum, and less commonly, the ileum. As with their large bowel counterparts, these diverticula provide a pocket for stasis of bowel content, leading to the formation of enteroliths. This case report highlights two complications from jejunal diverticulosis: jejunal diverticulitis and a small bowel obstruction as a result of enterolithiasis; the latter being a rare entity which should be a differential diagnosis for any individual presenting with gastrointestinal obstructive symptoms and radiological evidence of small bowel diverticulosis.

  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • general surgery
  • small intestine

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Footnotes

  • Contributors BAS and CRK have contributed to the research and writing required to compile this case report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.