Hungarian Radiology

[Imaging of mesenterial panniculitis - Case report]

KOVÁCS Anita, KISS Ildikó, PALKÓ András

JUNE 20, 2007

Hungarian Radiology - 2007;81(03-04)

[INTRODUCTION - Mesenterial panniculitis is a rare benign disorder, however it is important to be familiar with, because of the difficulties in differential diagnosis. Authors describe the characteristic imaging signs of the disease based on their two cases. CASE REPORTS - Two male patients (72 and 62 years old) presented with uncertain abdominal pain and weight loss. Acute pancreatitis, chronic gastritis and duodenitis are noted in their case history. The laboratory parameters were normal and the physical examination revealed a palpable epigastrial terime in both patients. Abdominal ultrasound and CT examinations depicted different degree of mesenterial infiltration with lymph node enlargement. Histological analysis of the biopsy sample proved the process to be benign in the first patient. The mass was surgically removed in the second one and histology proved mesenterial panniculitis. CONCLUSION - Mesenterial panniculitis is a benign, chronic non-specific inflammatory disorder. Its appearance may simulate malignant diseases, thus making differential diagnosis is important. Abdominal ultrasound, CT and result of image guided biopsy play an important role in the diagnosis, in case of which conservative therapy and regular follow-up is sufficient.]

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