Case Report
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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 7, 2009; 15(1): 117-120
Published online Jan 7, 2009. doi: 10.3748/wjg.15.117
An unusual presentation of sclerosing mesenteritis as pneumoperitoneum: Case report with a review of the literature
Sumita Chawla, Satheesh Yalamarthi, Irshad A Shaikh, Veena Tagore, Paul Skaife
Sumita Chawla, Paul Skaife, Department of Colorectal Surgery, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool L9 7AL, United Kingdom
Satheesh Yalamarthi, Irshad A Shaikh, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, KY12 0SU, United Kingdom
Veena Tagore, Department of Pathology, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool L9 7AL, United Kingdom
Author contributions: Chawla S, Yalamarthi S contributed equally towards writing the case report and review of the literature as well as undertaking a comprehensive literature search; Shaikh IA contributed towards the literature review and manuscript preparation; Tagore V provided the histopathological information and Skaife P is the main clinical lead.
Correspondence to: Satheesh Yalamarthi, Department of Surgery, Queen Margaret Hospital, Whitefield Road, Dunfermline KY12 0SU, Scotland, United Kingdom.
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Received: October 3, 2008
Revised: November 10, 2008
Accepted: November 17, 2008
Published online: January 7, 2009

Sclerosing mesenteritis is a rare condition that involves the small or large bowel mesentery. An unusual presentation of this condition, which led to difficult preoperative assessment and diagnosis, is described. This report is followed by a comprehensive review of the literature.

Keywords: Mesenteritis, Panniculitis, Small bowel obstruction, Mesentery