VOLUME 40 - NUMBER 4 - 2019

Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis: do not be too late for the right diagnosis! Case report and short literature review

  • Sinagra E., Buscaglia F., Iacoponelli A., Sciumè C.
  • Clinical practice, 343-347
  • Full text PDF

  • Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis (EPS) is a rare clinical syndrome characterized by an acquired, inflammatory fibrocollagenous membrane encasing the small intestine, resulting in symptoms of bowel obstruction. It is still unclear whether early surgical intervention has an advantage over conservative management, but, in most reviewed case reports, it is preferred to preserve the surgical management in patients not responding to conservative measures, or when bowel ischaemia is occurring. We report a case of a 58-year old patients, affected by chronic renal failure, on treatment with peritoneal dialysis, in which a late diagnosis of encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis was made, and where surgical intervention was not sufficient to guarantee survival due to the late diagnosis.

  • KEY WORDS: Abdominal cocoon - Encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis - Sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis.