Abdominal cocoon in an adolescent male patient

Trop Doct. 2009 Oct;39(4):254-6. doi: 10.1258/td.2009.090104.


Abdominal cocoon is a rare cause of bowel obstruction. The condition was first described three decades ago and is found mainly among adolescent females in tropical and sub-tropical countries. It is characterized by a thick fibrous membrane encapsulating the small intestines partially or completely. Patients present with features of intestinal obstruction and diagnosis is usually made intraoperatively. Surgical excision of the membrane and adhesiolysis result in complete recovery. We report on an adolescent male patient who had acute intestinal obstruction due to abdominal cocoon detected at surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / pathology*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery
  • Male
  • Rare Diseases
  • Tissue Adhesions / pathology
  • Tissue Adhesions / surgery