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Pan Afr Med J. 2012;12:7. Epub 2012 May 12.

Giant cystic lymphangioma of the mesentery: varied clinical presentation of 3 cases.

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Department of pediatric surgery, CHU Hassan II, Fez, Morocco.


Giant cystic lymphangioma is an uncommon mesenteric tumor which is usually reported in children. In this paper, we describe 3 cases, that was admitted in our department, two with abdominal distension, pain, and an abdominopelvic mass; the other present an acute abdomen. Preoperative studies including abdominal ultrasonography and computed tomography failed to determine the cause of the pain for the female patients. The laparotomy found a giant cystic tumor of the small bowel mesentery. The histological study showed a tumor that was diagnosed as a cystic lymphangioma. Based on those three cases a review of the literature is suggested.


Lymphangioma; cyst; mesentery

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