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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-31

Small bowel hemangioma diagnosed with laparoscopy: Report of two pediatric cases

Department of Paediatric Surgery, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, Colney Lane, Norwich, NR4 7UY, United Kingdom

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A E Jones
59 Wernddu Road, Ammanford, Dyfed
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.30684

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Hemangiomas of the small bowel are rare tumors that often present with gastrointestinal bleeding. Diagnosis can be difficult and exploratory laparotomy has often proved to be the only method with which to determine the presence and location of these tumors. We report two cases of small bowel hemangioma in children aged 10 and 7 years, in which the diagnosis was made by laparoscopy. Laparoscopy identifies the affected segment of bowel and allows delivery to a minimally extended umbilical port site. The avoidance of an open laparotomy helps to reduce post-operative analgesic requirement and achieves an early return of bowel function.


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