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Sclerosing Mesenteritis Masquerading as a Small Bowel Mesentery Neoplasm

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Sclerosing mesenteritis is a disease process with many names: mesenteric lipodystrophy, mesenteric panniculitis, retractile mesenteritis, liposclerotic mesenteritis, and xanthogranulomatous mesenteritis. There are less than 300 cases that have been reported in the literature, mostly as case reports and small case series.1, 2 Sclerosing mesenteritis has a male predominance with a peak in the fifth and sixth decades.1 What makes this disease unique and difficult to diagnosis is its combination of vague clinical symptoms in combination with varied histological findings: fat necrosis, inflammatory cells, and fibrosis.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine–Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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