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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 940515, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/940515
Case Report

Small Bowel Cocoon: A Distinct Disease with a New Developmental Etiology

Pediatric Surgery Department, Hamad General Hospital, Doha 3050, Qatar

Received 11 July 2011; Accepted 16 August 2011

Academic Editor: S. D. Hobbs

Copyright © 2011 Ibrahim E. Bassiouny and Tariq O. Abbas. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We have treated two patients with small bowel (abdominal) cocoon who presented with acute and partial small bowel obstruction associated with an abdominal mass. Neither had a history of previous surgery, peritonitis, or prolonged drug therapy. The distinct features of this disease are illustrated. A developmental etiology and a new nomenclature for this disease are proposed, along with a review of the literature.