Abdominal cocoon: a potential pitfall in patients with ovarian carcinoma

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Background.Abdominal cocoon, or sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis, is a rare condition characterized by partial or total encasement of small bowel and mesentery by a thick fibrocollagenous sack that looks like a cocoon. Within the sack, bowel loops are drawn together causing intestinal obstruction.Case presentation.We report on a 57-year-old female patient who developed a very unusual complication of ovarian cancer: abdominal cocoon formation.Conclusions.This report highlights the need for a timely diagnosis of sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis in cancer patients.

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