Intraabdominal panniculitis: Clinical, radiographic, and CT features

M. E. Katz, J. P. Heiken, H. S. Glazer, J. K.T. Lee

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Abstract

Intraabdominal panniculitis, also known as lipodystrophy, is an inflammatory condition of adipose tissue that may result in development of large masses containing necrotic fat (nodular intraabdominal panniculitis). Symptoms are secondary to inflammation or mass effect on adjacent organs. Barium studies may show nonspecific inflammatory changes and displacement of bowel loops. Computed tomography (CT) demonstrates inhomogeneous masses containing fat and soft tissue density. The diagnosis of intraabdominal panniculitis has seldom been made prospectively. However, the CT findings are characteristic and can aid in the evaluation and management of patients with this disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-296
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume145
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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