Giant mesenteric cystic lymphangioma: a rare cause of intra-abdominal catastrophe


  • Gopalakrishnan Gunasekaran Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, JIPMER, Puducherry, Puducherry, India
  • Debasis Naik Department of Surgery, VIMSAR, Burla, Odisha, India
  • Sakthivel Chinnakkulam Kandhasamy Department of Surgery, JIPMER, Puducherry, Puducherry, India
  • Dhirendra Nath Soren Department of Surgery, VIMSAR, Burla, Odisha, India



Cystic lymphangioma, Gut gangrene, Mesentery


Lymphangiomas are uncommon benign tumours and occur mainly in children with the most common sites being head and neck followed by the axilla and mediastinum. Intra-abdominal lymphangiomas are rare. Clinical presentation is diverse ranging from incidentally discovered abdominal mass to symptoms of acute abdomen. Life threatening complications are more likely to develop in children. We here present a rare case of giant mesenteric cystic lymphangioma causing intra-abdominal catastrophe in an adult.


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