Ann Med Surg (Lond) 2019 May 29;41:6-10. Epub 2019 Mar 29.
Department of Surgery, University of L'Aquila, Italy.
Lymphangiomatosis is a benign proliferation of lymph vessels. Lymphatic diseases can vary from small lymphangioma to generalized lymphangiomatosis, which is a rare condition and can have several clinical manifestations. The gastrointestinal tract may be affected, but the incidence in the intestinal wall is very low. We propose in our study a case of ileal lymphangiomatosis presenting with perforation, in which the diagnosis was made after the pathological analysis of the resected intestinal tract. Although rare and not described in the literature, intestinal lymphangiomatosis could manifest itself with acute abdomen and could be a surgical urgency. This disease should be considered when intestinal perforation is observed.