Cystic tumors of the mesentery are probably more uncommon than similar lesions of any of the other structures of the abdominal cavity. The difficulties of differential diagnosis in these cases, however, and the grave results when intervention is delayed too long behoove us to give more thought and attention to what was once considered one of the rarities of surgical pathology. Indeed, up to 1850 mesenteric cysts were recognized only at necropsy, and between 1850 and 1880, though occasionally operations were performed for socalled mesenteric cysts, they usually followed inaccurate diagnoses and terminated fatally. Even in 1883, Collet writes, in a very exhaustive thesis on this subject, that laparotomy for mesenteric cysts had never been performed up to that time after an exact diagnosis, the conflict arising sometimes over cysts of the ovary, omentum or sigmoid color, and sometimes over a small floating kidney, which was mistaken for a cystic
FRAZIER CH. MESENTERIC CYSTS: WITH REPORT OF A CASE OF SANGUINEOUS CYST OF THE MESENTERY OF THE SMALL INTESTINE. JAMA. 1913;61(2):97–99. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350020023010
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