Mesenteric cyst

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Ayush Goel et al.

Mesenteric cysts are a very rare cause of abdominal pain, and have a wide range of underlying causes. 

Mesenteric cysts are rare, with a reported incidence of 0.5-1 per 100,000 admissions 3

Patients usually present with abdominal pain and/or mass, although they can be an asymptomatic, incidental finding 3


Mesenteric cysts can occur anywhere in the mesentery, from the duodenum to the rectum, and may extend into the retroperitoneum. Mesenteric cysts are cystic mesenteric lesions that can be further characterized on the wall thickness (thin or thick walled) and their loculation (unilocular or multilocular).

The main differential diagnosis is:

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rID: 24940
Section: Pathology
Tag: refs
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