Sclerosing Mesenteritis: A Rare Cause of Small Bowel Obstruction

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Adam,Harvin,Glenn Graham (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Sclerosing mesenteritis falls within a spectrum of primary idiopathic inflammatory and fibrotic processes that affect the mesentery. The exact etiology has not been determined, althoughthe following associations have been noted: abdominal surgery, trauma, autoimmunity,paraneoplastic syndrome, ischemia and infection. Progression of sclerosing mesentritis canlead to bowel obstruction, a rare complication of this uncommon condition. We report a caseof a 66-year-old female with abdominal pain who was noted to have a small bowel obstruction requiring laparotomy and a partial small bowel resection. The pathology of the resectedtissue was consistent with sclerosing mesenteritis, a rare cause of a small bowel obstruction.Sclerosing mesenteritis has variable rates of progression, and there is no consensus regarding the optimal treatment. Physicians should consider sclerosing mesenteritis in the differential diagnosis of a small bowel obstruction.

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Language: English
Date: 2016
Mesenteritis · Small bowel obstruction · Bowel resection

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