Idiopathic sclerosing peritonitis in a man

Moshe Burstein*, Eithan Galun, Eldad Ben-Chetrit

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Idiopathic sclerosing peritonitis is a rare disease described in young adolescent women, characterized by fibrosis and adhesions of the peritoneum to loops of the small bowel. Here we describe a 35-year-old man who underwent exploratory laparotomy for repeated small bowel obstruction. Only partial resection of the terminal ileum was possible because of adhesions; recurrent abdominal infections and leakage from anastomosis required further resection, which ultimately resulted in short bowel syndrome and malabsorption. The clinical and pathological findings were characteristic for idiopathic sclerosing peritonitis. We review the relevant literature, to confirm, to the best of our knowledge, that this is the first report of a male patient who has developed this rare disease.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)698-701
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic active hepatitis
  • Cocoon syndrome
  • Sclerosing peritonitis
  • Short bowel syndrome


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