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2019 Sep

BJR Case Rep



Intestinal duplications: incidentally ileum duplication cyst in young female.


Martini C, Pagano P, Perrone G, Bresciani P, Dell'Abate P
BJR Case Rep. 2019 Sep; 5(3):20180077.
PMID: 31555466.


Gastrointestinal tract duplication is a rare congenital malformation in young patients and in adults, that occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus and their macroscopic structure may be cystic or tubular. Intestinal duplication does not show specific symptoms, indeed they can present with a variety of symptoms including abdominal distension and pain, sickness, hemorrhage, chronic respiratory disorders, as well as non-painful abdominal mass. Nonetheless, intestinal duplication can remain completely asymptomatic and be diagnosed as an incidental finding. Presentation with acute complications such as intestinal invagination or mechanical occlusion is quite rare. We present a case of asymptomatic ileum duplication cyst in young female who referred to the emergency department for trauma and was screened by eco-Focus Assessment Sonography for Trauma (eco-FAST), followed by MR and CT. The patient underwent ileal resection and prophylactic appendicectomy with ileo-cecal termino-lateral anastomosis. In this case, the intestinal duplication cyst was an asymptomatic incidental finding.