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June 19, 1967

A Large Mesenteric Cyst Complicating Pregnancy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Oakland and Vallejo, Calif.

JAMA. 1967;200(12):1129-1130. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120250163027

MESENTERIC CYSTS are rare. Since the initial description in 1507, approximately 600 cases have been reported.1,2 To my knowledge, only recently has the first mesenteric cyst associated with pregnancy been recorded2; the following case is the second.

Report of a Case  A 22-year-old white woman (para 3 [one pair of monozygotic twins], abortions 0, gravida 4), who had a normal obstetrical history beginning with her first pregnancy at age 15, complained of amenorrhea of three months' duration and occasional episodes of colicky abdominal pain. The uterus was soft and twice normal size; there was some distention of the upper part of the abdomen but no palpable mass.After being informed of the current pregnancy, the patient tried without success to produce an abortion by taking an unidentified drug, and did not return to the prenatal clinic at the scheduled time. During the 16th week of gestation she took