This page is dedicated to covering the radiological finding of misty mesentery.
WHAT IS IT?
A misty mesentery refers to a finding on CT scan where mesenteric fat has the appearance of increased attenuation.
DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS FOR THIS FINDING
When seeing a misty mesentery, it is important to keep in mind the following possible causes of this finding:
- Mesenteric panniculitis
- Mesenteric lymphoma
- Infiltration of lymphatics by gastrointestinal adenocarcinoma
- Idiopathic causes
KEY FEATURES TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHARACTERIZING THE FINDING
When seeing a misty mesentery, there are a few important radiological features one should look at to try and characterize the finding. These features can help navigate the differential diagnosis above.
Page Updated: 07.31.2017