Laparoscopic treatment of mesenteric cysts Report of two cases

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Antonio Ciulla
Giovanni Tomasello
Gioacchino Castronovo
Gaspare Genova
Alfonso Maurizio Maiorana


Mesenteric cysts are rare intraabdominal tumors. Since the first report by Benevial in 1507, approximately 800 cases of mesenteric cysts have been described in the literature.

Clinical presentation is variable and depends on the size and location of the cyst. This lesion are often asymptomatic or can present as an abdominal palpable mass or with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.

Laboratory tests are usually helpless. Ultrasonography and CT scan are the best diagnostic tools.

In the past the treatment of choice was totally resection performed by open surgery.

With the advent of laparoscopic surgery same authors report mesenteric cysts excised laparoscopically.

The Authors report two cases of mesenteric cysts that were excised by laparoscopic surgery using .

The cysts of both patients were located in the mesenterium of colon. There were no intraoperative o postoperative complications and the postoperative course was uneventful and both patients returned to full activity within a short time.

The follow-up period ranged from 6 to 36 months and there were no recurrences. The laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive techniques and represent an alternative safe and less invasive operation for these abdominal cysts.

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Ciulla, Antonio, et al. “Laparoscopic Treatment of Mesenteric Cysts Report of Two Cases”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 79, no. 1, Jan. 2008, pp. 63-66,
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