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Mesenteric panniculitis

Case contributed by: Dr David Blackmore

Presentation:

Abdominal pain

Patient Data:

Age: 50
Gender: Male
Race: Hispanic/Latino

CT abdomen and pelvis

Modality: CT

Case Discussion:

Mesenteric panniculitis is a rare benign inflammatory  condition of unknown origin that affects the mesenteric fat. Is described as a spectrum of pathological manifestations ranging from acute-subacute form  characterized by fat degeneration  predominantly inflammatory, to the predominant histological chronic forms of fibrosis. Radio-pathologic correlation is important because it may avoid unnecessary surgery.

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