Mesenteric lymphatic malformations are rare and benign entities more frequent in children. Unlike adults, children can present more frequently with symptoms of acute abdomen. A 14-year-old-child with pica eating disorder presents to the ER with acute abdomen. It was discovered a huge intra-abdominal mass and performed a resection with segmental enterectomy and anastomosis. The pathology revealed a mesenteric lymphatic malformation. The exact etiology is unknown. The intra-abdominal appearance is uncommon. Symptoms are diverse and preoperative diagnosis is a challenge, which was why we considered interesting to publish. The treatment was in line with the latest published articles.


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LALANDA, Raquel; GONZÁLEZ, Suárez; CORREIA, Armando. MESENTERIC LYMPHATIC MALFORMATION – AN ACUTE ABDOMEN CASE. Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia, [S.l.], n. 54, p. 77-81, jan. 2023. ISSN 2183-1165. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 june 2024. doi:
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