Small bowel cavernous haemangioma in a 3-year-old boy: A case report and review of the literature

Ekpemo SC1*, Ezomike U1, Chukwu I1, Okonkwo L1, Uchendu C1
1Paediatric Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria.
*Correspondence: Dr. Ekpemo Samuel Chidi; chidisamuelekpemo@gmail.com

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Abstract

Background: Haemangioma of the small bowel present rarely and pose a diagnostic challenge preoperatively. Clinical presentation may include progressive abdominal distension, occult or massive gastrointestinal bleeding, obstruction, perforation and intussusception.
Case presentation: We report a 3-year-old boy that presented through the children emergency unit with a 3-month history of progressive abdominal distension and exploration revealed haemangioma of the small bowel.
Conclusion: Small bowel haemangioma cause life threating symptoms and should be considered in cases of paediatric anaemia unresponsive to medical treatment.

Keywords: Small bowel, Haemangioma, Paediatric, Abdominal distension, Exploration.

Cite this article: Ekpemo SC, Ezomike U, Chukwu I, Okonkwo L, Uchendu C. Small bowel cavernous haemangioma in a 3-year-old boy: A case report and review of the literature. Yen Med J. 2021;3(4):220–222.

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