Mesenteric panniculitis can be considered as an evolved state of a mesenteric disease, with a first phase of mesenteric lipodystrophy without inflammatory signs, followed by a second phase of panniculitis, ending in fibrosis, at which point it is denominated retractile mesentiritis, which principally affects males over the age of 50. Its aetiology is unknown, with a description made of different associated factors, and its clinical presentation is variable, depending on the stage of the disease. The image test indicated for its diagnosis is the TAC, while an histopathological study provides the definitive diagnosis. There are different medicines and therapeutic guidelines, although studies establishing the ideal treatment are lacking. We present the case of a patient diagnosed with mesenteric panniculitis who evolved favourably followed treatment with cyclophosphamide associated with corticoids.
Key words. Mesenteric panniculitis. Retractile mesenteritis. Sclerosing mesenteritis.
Catalina Isabel González Rodríguez
Servicio de Medicina Interna
Hospital Reina Sofía
Ctra. Tarazona, km 3