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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-47

Primary torsion of the omentum mimicking acute appendicitis in a female child: Case report and review of literature

Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Alkhobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Hossam Elshafei
Department of Surgery, Specialist in Pediatric Surgery Division, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al Khobar - 31952, PO Box- 40178
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-631X.112932

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Primary torsion of the omentum is an unusual cause of an acute abdomen and commonly mimics acute appendicitis. A case of primary omental torsion seen in a seven-year-old girl is discussed. All the signs and symptoms mimicked acute appendicitis. The patient underwent emergency laparotomy in which a normal appendix and serous fluid in the pelvis were observed. The pathological diagnosis was a primary torsion of the omentum which was excised. This case helps to emphasize the importance of a routine exploration of the abdomen when finding a normal appendix at the time of laparotomy.

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