Omental infarction in an obese 10-year-old boy

  • Katerina Kambouri Department of Pediatric Surgery, Alexandroupolis University Hospital , Democritus University of Thrace School of Medicine, Greece.
  • Stefanos Gardikis | sgardik@gmail.com Department of Pediatric Surgery, Alexandroupolis University Hospital, Democritus University of Thrace School of Medicine, Greece.
  • Alexandra Giatromanolaki Department of Pathology, Alexandroupolis University Hospital, Democritus University of Thrace, School of Medicine, Greece.
  • Aggelos Tsalkidis Department of Pediatrics, Alexandroupolis University Hospital, Democritus University of Thrace School of Medicine, Greece.
  • Efthimios Sivridis Department of Pathology, Alexandroupolis University Hospital, Democritus University of Thrace, School of Medicine, Greece.
  • George Vaos Department of Pediatric Surgery and Experimental Surgery & Surgery Research, Alexandroupolis University Hospital , Democritus University of Thrace School of Medicine, Greece.

Abstract

Primary omental infarction (POI) has a low incidence worldwide, with most cases occurring in adults. This condition is rarely considered in the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal pain in childhood. Herein, we present a case of omental infarction in an obese 10-year-old boy who presented with acute abdominal pain in the right lower abdomen. The ultrasound (US) examination did not reveal the appendix but showed secondary signs suggesting acute appendicitis. The child was thus operated on under the preoperative diagnosis of acute appendicitis but the intraoperative finding was omental infarct. Since the omental infarct as etiology of acute abdominal pain is uncommon, we highlight some of the possible etiologies and emphasize the importance of accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of omental infarction.

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Published
2011-09-12
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Keywords:
abdominal pain, children, omental infarction.
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Kambouri, K., Gardikis, S., Giatromanolaki, A., Tsalkidis, A., Sivridis, E., & Vaos, G. (2011). Omental infarction in an obese 10-year-old boy. Pediatric Reports, 3(3), e22. https://doi.org/10.4081/pr.2011.e22