Rare diagnosis of intestinal lipomatosis complicated by intussusception in an adult: A case report.Int J Surg Case Rep. 2017; 39:339-342.IJ
Intestinal Lipomatosis consists of diffuse lipomas in various regions from the small to large bowel. They can remain asymptomatic or present with complications such as Intussusception.
Intestinal lipomatosis complicated by Intussusception is a rare occurrence that has not been well documented. Rare condition management is difficult to approach because of the customizability each scenario requires. We hope through sharing our approach this can serve as a rough template to physicians who find themselves in a similar scenario. Overtime, as more case reports and surgical approaches are recorded we can establish future advancements in surgery.
PRESENTATION OF CASE
We present the case of a 47 year-old male who arrived at the Emergency Department with a chief complaint of abdominal pain. A CT scan revealed ileocolic intussusception. An intramural lipoma of the terminal ileum served as the lead point. Exploratory laparotomy confirmed the Intussusception and a right hemicolectomy was performed to repair the affected area. Examination of the resected large bowel showed diffuse thickening of the mucosa in the area of the cecum confirmed to be submucosal lipomatosis on histological examination. Patient was discharged on the fifth post-operative day.
This case confirmed previous treatment modalities in the management of intussusception. It also corroborates the complication of intussusception with Intestinal lipomatosis. It teaches us the importance of keeping a wide differential when considering a diagnosis of bowel obstruction. Through imaging, surgical exploration, and pathological interpretation, this case, which began as a complaint of abdominal pain, concluded as a rare clinical entity.