The abdominal cocoon: A case report

Hamaloglu E., Altun H., Ozdemir A., Ozenc A.

DIGESTIVE SURGERY, vol.19, no.5, pp.422-424, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000065827
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.422-424
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The abdominal cocoon is a rare disease that is characterized by a total or partial encasement of the small bowel by a thick and fibrotic membrane. Thirty-five cases were reported since it was first described. It occurs primarily in females. Preoperative diagnosis is a matter of challenge and usually made at laparotomy. We report a patient with partial intestinal obstruction and abdominal cocoon which was diagnosed peri-operatively. We review the literature and discuss the etiology of this disease. Copyright (C) 2002 S. KargerAG, Basel.