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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2013, Article ID 379464, 3 pages
Case Report

Small Bowel Injury in Peritoneal Encapsulation following Penetrating Abdominal Trauma

Department of Surgery, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 719 Umbilo Road, Congella 4013, South Africa

Received 23 November 2012; Accepted 13 January 2013

Academic Editors: T. Çolak, N. D. Merrett, and A. A. Saber

Copyright © 2013 K. Naidoo et al. 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.


Small bowel encapsulation is a rare entity which is usually found incidentally at autopsy. We report the first case of peritoneal encapsulation encountered serendipitously at laparotomy undertaken for penetrating abdominal trauma and review the literature on peritoneal encapsulation. We also compare this phenomenon to abdominal cocoon and sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis.