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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0420102896.
Published online Sep 7, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.04.2010.2896
PMCID: PMC3029268
Unusual association of diseases/symptoms
Giant mesenteric lymphangioma: a rare cause of a life-threatening complication in an adult
Khurram Siddique, Santosh Bhandari, and Sanjoy Basu
Department of General Surgery, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, UK
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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