Panniculus

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Panniculus, often incorrectly referred to as pannus,[1] is a medical term describing a dense layer of fatty tissue, consisting of excess subcutaneous fat within the lower abdominal region.[2] Panniculi can form after rapid weight loss, as seen with strict exercise plans—in this case, the abdominal fat is successfully reduced, but excess skin is left behind which hangs loosely over the area. It can be a result of obesity and can be mistaken for a tumor or hernia. Abdominal panniculus can be removed during abdominal panniculectomy, a type of abdominoplasty. A panniculus can also be the result of loose tissues after pregnancy or massive weight loss.[3]

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  1. ^ Cunningham, Steven C.; Klein, Rosemary V. (2007). "Nomenclature Question: Panniculus or Pannus? Answer: Pannona". Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 204 (4): 726–727. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2007.01.027. PMID 17382240.
  2. ^ "panniculus". TheFreeDictionary.com. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ Cunningham, Steven C.; Klein, Rosemary V. (2007). "Nomenclature Question: Panniculus or Pannus? Answer: Pannona". Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 204 (4): 726–727. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2007.01.027. PMID 17382240.