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Mesenteric panniculitis: Review of the literature and presentation of cases

  • Arie L. Durst
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    From the Departments of Surgery B, Pathology, and Gastroenterology, Hadassah University Hospital Jerusalem, Israel

    From the Hebrew University—Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
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  • Herbert Freund
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    From the Departments of Surgery B, Pathology, and Gastroenterology, Hadassah University Hospital Jerusalem, Israel

    From the Hebrew University—Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
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  • Eliezer Rosenmann
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    From the Departments of Surgery B, Pathology, and Gastroenterology, Hadassah University Hospital Jerusalem, Israel

    From the Hebrew University—Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
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  • David Birnbaum
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    From the Departments of Surgery B, Pathology, and Gastroenterology, Hadassah University Hospital Jerusalem, Israel

    From the Hebrew University—Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
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      Abstract

      Sixty-two cases of mesenteric panniculitis collected from the literature and six cases treated by the authors are reviewed. Symptomatology, pathology, treatment, and outcome of this disorder are discussed. It seems that mesenteric panniculitis is a well established clinical entity of unknown etiology, with a benign course and favorable outcome. Radical surgical treatment is not advised. The sole surgical intervention advocated would be deviation of the gastrointestinal tract in patients with symptoms of obstruction.
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