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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-120

Secondary omental infarction due to duodenal perforation

Department of General Surgery, Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication15-Sep-2017

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Jayabal Pandiaraja
Department of General Surgery, Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital, Chennai - 600 001, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jmgims.jmgims_7_15

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Omental infarction is a rare cause of acute abdomen in adult. Omental infarction is classified as primary when there is no coexisting causative condition identified or secondary when there is an association with causative condition. Omental infarction is more common in male compared to female and frequently occurs in the fourth or fifth decade of life. This is a case report of a 45-year-old male who is chronic alcoholic, presented with features of hollow viscus perforation. Intraoperative findings show secondary omental infarction due to duodenal perforation. Omental infarction is a rare complication due to duodenal perforation.

Keywords: Duodenal perforation, omental infarction, right and left gastroepiploic arteries

How to cite this article:
Pandiaraja J, Subramanian V. Secondary omental infarction due to duodenal perforation. J Mahatma Gandhi Inst Med Sci 2017;22:118-20

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Pandiaraja J, Subramanian V. Secondary omental infarction due to duodenal perforation. J Mahatma Gandhi Inst Med Sci [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Aug 17];22:118-20. Available from: https://www.jmgims.co.in/text.asp?2017/22/2/118/214762

  Introduction Top

The omentum is rich in lymphatics and blood vessels. The omentum becomes densely adherent to intraperitoneal sites of inflammation for prevention of localized pathology to diffuse peritonitis. Omental infarction is a rare cause of acute abdomen with an incidence equivalent to <4 per 1000 cases of appendicitis.[1] Low incidence and nonspecific presentation contribute to omental infarction being misdiagnosed for appendicitis, peptic ulcer disease, cholecystitis, and pancreatitis among other abdominal pathologies.[1]

  Case Report Top

This study is about a45-year-old male patient who is a known alcoholic and smoker for 20 years. He was admitted with complaints of abdominal pain for 4 days associated with history of nausea and vomiting for 3 days. On examination, the patient was conscious and febrile. Pulse rate - 110/min and blood pressure - 80/60 mmHg. Abdominal examination showed distension with guarding and rigidity. Tenderness was more on the epigastric region. Free fluid was present. On auscultations, bowel sound was absent [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Abdomen show distension with guarding and rigidity

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Investigations showed anemia with leukocytosis. Renal function test showed elevated urea and creatinine with hypokalemia. Liver function test showed elevated bilirubin. Erect abdominal X-rays showed free gas under diaphragm [Figure 2]. Computed tomography (CT) abdomen showed free fluid [Figure 3]. Abdominal paracentesis showed black fluid aspirate. Preoperative diagnosis made as hollow viscus perforation and laparotomy done. Intraoperative findings showed a single 1 cm × 1 cm perforation in the first part of duodenum with omental infarction [Figure 4] and [Figure 5]. Gangrenous toxic fluid around 3 L was aspirated. As the patient was in morbid condition, primary closure of duodenal perforation with omentectomy was done along with peritoneal toileting with normal saline. In postoperative period, the patient was on inotropic support because of shock. During third postoperative day, the patient died in spite of resuscitation.
Figure 2: X-ray erect abdomen shows air under diaphragm

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Figure 3: Computed tomography abdomen shows air fluid level

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Figure 4: Intraoperative picture shows duodenal perforation

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Figure 5: Omental infarction with perforation

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  Discussion Top

Omental infarction is classified as primary or secondary based on etiology [Table 1]. Diagnosis of primary omental infarction is made when there is no cause, whereas diagnosis of secondary made when there is an association with pathology [Table 1].
Table 1: Causes of omental infarction

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Pathogenesis of primary omental infarction includes the following: (І) right half of the omentum more commonly involved due to anatomically altered vasculature, less tolerant of spontaneous venous stasis, and thrombosis secondary to stretching of omental veins; (ІІ) fatty accumulation in the omentum impedes the distal right epiploic artery and additional structural mass potentially precipitates torsion;[5] (ІІІ) a longer mobile right side greater omentum potentially prone for torsion-induced omental infarction;[6] (Іv) obesity causes irregularly distributed accumulations of excess omentum and increased fat deposits reduces blood supply to the thickened omentum.

Pathogenesis of secondary omental infarction includes the following: (І) secondary omental infarction occurs following omental torsion, which can be precipitated by postoperative adhesions, tumor, hernia, cyst, localized inflammation, or trauma;[7],[8] (ІІ) thrombosis due to vasculitis and hypercoagulability and polycythemia can also produce secondary omental infarction;[9] (ІІІ) secondary omental infarction also occurs following ligation of omental vessels. Omental infarction is affected by the volume and anatomical location of the remnant omentum rather than the anatomical location of the ligated vessel.[10] The residual area and the abundance of the blood supply for the remnant greater omentum are two important factors that affect the incidence of omental infarction; (Іv) sometimes, it is the result from kinking of venous channels in the inferior part of the greater omentum in the pelvis. Occasionally, omentum twists on itself resulting in omental torsion leading to both arterial and venous compromise.

It was first reported by Bush in 1896. Correct preoperative diagnosis of primary omental infarction was possible only in 0.6–4.8% of all cases. Primary cause of omental infarction is generally unidentified and the condition may develop with or without torsion.

On contrast CT omental infarction will appear as an ill-defined heterogeneous mass with hyperattenuating streaky infiltration in early stage, and thus progress to a well-defined, smaller lesion with hyperdense rim in the late phase.[11] Concentric linear strands or the whirl sign and hyperattenuating streaky infiltration, both are path gnomonic features of omental torsion.

Fragoso AC et al. argue that on collective balance, surgery should not be the first line of management, particularly as better imaging accessibility forgoes the need for surgery.[12] But some authors recommending for surgical management by means of laparoscopic approach is better for considering complication.

  Conclusion Top

In most of omental infarction, cases were misdiagnosed. However, proper radiological investigations with diagnostic laparoscopy improve diagnostic accuracy. A high index of suspicion is needed for diagnosis of omental infarction. Secondary omental infarction has poor prognosis compared to primary omental infarction due to underlying disease pathology. The management of omental infarction is accomplished by either conservative or surgical management by patient presentation or through radiological findings. Secondary omental infarction due to hollow viscus perforation is a dangerous combination because loss of omentum allows localized pathology to become generalized peritonitis with higher morbidity with mortality. Hence, early recognition and prompt treatment reduces complications.

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