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Enterogenous and Multiple Mesenteric Cysts

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(3):412-414. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040414015.
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Cysts of the mesentery are rare occurrences,1-2 probably the rarest of all abdominal tumors.3 Wood4 and Mattioli5 have each recently reported two cases and contributed excellent summaries to the literature. Wood has pointed out the pathological similarities between enterogenous and mesenteric cysts. He states that the most important distinguishing feature between these two types of cysts of the mesentery is the type of lining membrane. Multiple mesenteric cysts are exceedingly rare conditions.6-7 However, they are apparently being reported with increasing frequency since Callaghan and Farley8 were able to add their case to seven others reported between 1950-1958. We wish to report the following case of enterogenous cyst and multiple mesenteric cysts since it was complicated by pneumococcal abscess of one of the cysts.

Report of Case  The patient, age five months, was admitted to Variety Children's Hospital on Sept. 18, 1958, for diagnosis of


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