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Abdominal cocoon: A case report

Author Information

D. Ojuka, MBChB, MMed, Surgery (UoN) and L. Okutoyi, MBChB, MMed Ob/Gy (UoN), Kapenguria District Hospital, Kapenguria, Kenya

Corresponding author:

Dr. K.D. Ojuka, P.O. Box 63-30600, Kapenguria, Kenya, Email


An abdominal cocoon is an uncommon condition in which there is a total or partial encapsulation of the small bowel by fibrous membrane. A preoperative diagnosis is seldom made. Awareness of this rare surgical entity may prevent delay in treatment and avoid unnecessary procedures. We report on a patient in whom diagnosis of an abdominal cocoon was made intraoperatively and review the relevant literature.

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