What three stages is this entity said to pass through?
Mesenteric lipodystrophy; mesenteric panniculitis; retractile mesenteritis.
What is the natural history?
Usually self limiting.
What is the most worrisome differential, which can occasionally is seen to develop from this condition?
Lymphoma, is said to eventually develop from up to 15% of cases.
Sparing of the fat surrounding soft tissue nodules (blue arrows) and vessels (red arrows) producing the so-called 'fat halo'.