Ileocecal duplication cysts: Is the loss of the valve always necessary?

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Ileocecal (IC) duplication cysts are enteric duplications located at the IC junction, not clearly identified in all the published series. The reported treatment is IC resection and ileocolic anastomosis. It is well known that the loss of the IC valve has several adverse effects. This study is aimed at demonstrating that cyst removal together with the common ileal wall and following enterorrhapy is possible, safe, and effective in preserving the IC region.MethodsMedical records of 3 patients who underwent surgery for IC duplication between 2003 and 2013 were retrospectively reviewed evaluating follow-up results.ResultsAll patients had an antenatal diagnosis of intrabdominal cystic mass. In two cases associated malformations were reported. The lesions presented at newborn age with intermittent small bowel obstruction and required removal. No patients underwent IC resection. The diagnosis of duplication cyst was confirmed by histo-pathologic examination. The postoperative course was uneventful, even in the long-term follow-up.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1049-1051
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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