Tülin Öztaş1, Muhammet Asena2

1University Of Health Sciences Diyarbakır Gazi Yaşargil Training And Research Hospital,, Pedi̇atri̇c Surgery, Diyarbakır, Türkiye
2University Of Health Sciences Diyarbakır Gazi Yaşargil Training And Research Hospital,, Pediatric, Diyarbakır, Türkiye

Keywords: Acute abdomen, intestinal obstruction, mesenteric lipoma, volvulus


Lipoma is a benign tumor of mature fat cells. It quite rarely occurs in the intestinal mesentery in children. Mesenteric lipomas usually do not cause gastrointestinal symptoms unless they affect the intestinal passage. However, as the mass grows, symptoms suggestive of partial intestinal obstruction, such as abdominal pain, vomiting, and abdominal distension, may be observed, or total intestinal obstruction may develop due to volvulus. In our study, a case with mesenteric lipoma with acute abdominal findings was presented. A four-year-old male patient presented with abdominal pain and vomiting. On physical examination, the patient was agitated and dehydrated, the abdomen was distended, and there was widespread tenderness; however, the mass was not palpable. Computed Tomography (CT) revealed a suspicious appearance for leiomyosarcoma with a size of 102x79x87 mm in fat density containing septa. In the exploration, a 120x120x70 mm encapsulated, lobular mass was detected 50 cm proximal to the ileocecal valve, covering the 10 cm ileal segment. The mass was excised totally together with a 10 cm small intestine segment, and ileal anastomosis was performed. The diagnosis of mesenteric lipoma was confirmed histopathologically. As a result, mesenteric lipoma, which is rare in children, is a benign pathology, and its treatment is total surgical excision. In children with signs of intestinal obstruction, mesenteric lipoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis, whether the mass is palpated or not.

Cite this article as: Oztas T, Asena M. Mesenteric lipoma in a child: A case report. Pediatr Acad Case Rep. 2023;2(2):53-55.

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