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Unusual association of diseases/symptoms
Giant mesenteric lymphangioma: a rare cause of a life-threatening complication in an adult
  1. Khurram Siddique,
  2. Santosh Bhandari,
  3. Sanjoy Basu
  1. Department of General Surgery, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Khurram Siddique, sk_sid{at}


Mesenteric cyst lymphangiomas (MCLs) are rare benign tumours of unknown aetiology seen mostly in children. Clinical presentation can be diverse ranging from incidental abdominal cysts to an acute abdomen. A 24-year-old previously fit and healthy young man presented with a 2-week history of cramping, central abdominal pain and vomiting requiring acute hospital admission. He was a diagnostic conundrum despite extensive preoperative investigations. Recurring symptoms required urgent surgical exploration, resection and histological confirmation with a successful outcome. We review the literature and present here this rare case in an adult of MCL that has the potential to grow, invade and develop major life-threatening complications.

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