A Case of Mesenteric Pseudocyst Causing a Massive Abdominal Swelling

  • Cláudia Rosado Department of Internal Medicine, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga E.P.E., Aveiro
  • Daniela Machado Department of General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga E.P.E., Aveiro
  • Joel Esteves Department of General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga E.P.E., Aveiro
  • Rui Moreira Department of General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga E.P.E., Aveiro
  • Clarinda Neves Department of Internal Medicine, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga E.P.E., Aveiro

Keywords

Mesenteric pseudocyst, peritoneal fluid, abdominal cyst

Abstract

We present the case of a 55-year-old man, with a self-limited febrile condition associated to polyserositis with inconclusive investigation. Bilateral pleural and pericardial effusions resolved. The peritoneal fluid loculated and was compatible with an exudate. The patient remained clinically asymptomatic. Two years later, examination revealed a palpable and painless abdominal mass, which imaging study suggested a cystic lesion. Surgical resection was performed and the histological examination revealed a mesenteric pseudocyst.

Mesenteric pseudocysts are rare intra-abdominal cystic masses, mostly benign, without causing specific symptoms. Although imaging tests are useful for their differential diagnosis, the histology is mandatory.

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  • Published: 2016-02-18

    Issue: Vol 3 No 2 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Rosado, C., Machado, D., Esteves, J., Moreira, R., & Neves, C. (2016). A Case of Mesenteric Pseudocyst Causing a Massive Abdominal Swelling. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 3(2). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2016_000364