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sclerosing mesenteritis

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Sclerosing mesenteritis (SM), also known as mesenteric lipodystrophy, rarely involves the parenchyma of the pancreas.

When SM does involve the pancreas, it can mimic pancreatic carcinoma both clinically and radiographically with pain, obstructive jaundice, a mass lesion, and even the appearance of vascular invasion.

Distinguishing SM from pancreatic carcinoma is crucial to appropriate management, as patients with SM may benefit from immunosuppressive therapy.

References

- Sclerosing mesenteritis involving the pancreas: a mimicker of pancreatic cancer. Scudiere JR, Shi C, Hruban RH, Herman JM, Fishman EK, Schulick RD, Wolfgang CL, Makary MA, Thornton K, Montgomery E, Horton KM. Am J Surg Pathol. 2010 Apr;34(4):447-53. PMID: 20351487