Omental infarction: Risk factors in children

Vincent Varjavandi, Marc Lessin, Koorosh Kooros, Robert Fusunyan, Roy McCauley, Brian Gilchrist

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Purpose: A series of 4 cases of omental infarction are analyzed. It is shown that obesity, as well as idiosyncratic anatomy, are factors in the development of this rare clinicopathologic entity. Methods: The authors reviewed the preoperative and operative records of all patients. Results: All of the cases of omental infarction were seen in obese children. Other than persistent right-sided abdominal pain, there were no other signs or symptoms. None of the patients had an elevated white blood cell count, and none had fever. Conclusions: Computed tomography scanning is noted to be helpful in making the diagnosis. Laparoscopy is noted to be the procedure of choice, because standard incisions may preclude one from a proper exploration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-235
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003


  • Obesity
  • Omental infarction
  • Omental torsion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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