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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lymphangiectasia of small intestine presenting as intussusception.

Lymphangiectasia of small intestine presenting as intussusception.
Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2008 Jul-Sep

Katoch P, Bhardwaj S.
Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

Intussusception is defined as telescoping of a segment of gastrointestinal tract into an adjacent one. In small children, it is the commonest cause of intestinal obstruction. More than 90% of childhood intussusceptions are idiopathic. We report a rare case of localized small intestinal lymphangiectasia, presenting as intussusception in a 6-month-old male child. The child presented with features of acute intestinal obstruction for which he was later operated. The gross examination of excised ileocecal mass revealed intussusception. Histopathologic examination revealed lymphangiectasia of small intestine, which acted as a lead point for ileocecal intussusception. Postoperative period was uneventful.

Pathology and Microbiology