Large gastric mesenteric cyst: case report and literature review

Am Surg. 2005 Jul;71(7):571-3.


The case is a 33-year-old white female presenting with a 3-day history of abdominal pain. On initial examination, she was found to have significant right lower quadrant tenderness. Workup included computed tomography, which demonstrated a large cystic mass appearing to be of ovarian origin. The patient required an exploratory laparotomy, at which time she was found to have a large cyst involving the lesser curvature of her stomach. The cyst was successfully resected, and the patient had a rapid postoperative recovery with complete resolution of symptoms. Histopathologic evaluation of the specimen identified a mesenteric cyst. Mesenteric cysts are uncommon; gastric involvement is exceedingly rare. A review of the literature is presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / diagnosis
  • Abdominal Pain / etiology
  • Adult
  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Laparotomy / methods
  • Mesenteric Cyst / diagnosis*
  • Mesenteric Cyst / surgery*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler