What is it?

Mesenteric panniculitis refers to a condition which is characterized by inflammation of the fat cells in the abdominal wall. Currently, the cause of this condition is unknown. Some believe it could be due to an autoimmune response. The inflammation of the cells causes destruction of the tissue and leads to scarring. It could go away on its own or worsen.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Sclerosing mesenteritis

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms vary from one to another and may include bloating, abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and weight loss.


Diagnosis is hard to do, and mesenteric panniculitis is often misdiagnosed. is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include blood tests, CT scan, and a biopsy.


Treatment is not always necessary. When symptoms are troublesome, medications such as corticosteroids are used to reduce inflammation.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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