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Revista Médica La Paz

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DEL VILLAR SALAZAR, Benjamín  y  BRAVO ZELAYA, Ana Gloria. ABSCESS NONSPECIFIC MESENTERIC PANNICULITIS INTRA-ABDOMINAL. Rev. Méd. La Paz [online]. 2016, vol.22, n.1, pp. 47-54. ISSN 1726-8958.

The present study aims to display how the patient symptomatology does not help to determine a clear presuntive diagnoses, especially when we deal with primary mesenteric masses that can simulate a biliary pathology, mesenteric vascular disorder, right lower quadrant syndrome and dependent gynecological pathologies of right annex. CT is a diagnostic pattern that second level hospitals do not have, so that decisions are taken into the emergency room. An exploratory laparatomy is the option to face up such acute abdomen in order to avoid complications in organs of abdominal cavity as well as legal problems. This case report, surgery results displayed the presence of a mesenteric mass corresponding to a non-specific mesenteric abscess compatible with a intra-abdominal panniculitis, an unusual pathology according to national and international statistics data. The most frecuent symptoms are abdominal pain, anorexia, abdominal fullness, loss of weight and sometimes intestinal occlusion. Constipation, fever, diarrhea and abdominal tenderness are additional manifestations. Those symptoms last longer than two weeks. Laboratory results display normal but with an increased ESR. Barium test shows a colon wall of irregular appearance without intraluminal injury. Ultrasound shows a hyperechoic mass well defined in the root. CT reflects an increased density of the mesenteric fat, well defined with a pseudocapsule that rounds lymph nodes and vessels (fat-ring sign).

Palabras clave : mesenteric mass; mesenteric panniculitis; CT.

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