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The Mesentery - Structure, Function and Role in Disease

Luis Rodrigo

University of Oviedo

Dr. Rodrigo has published a total of 706 scientific manuscripts and his impact factor is 2500. His total punctuation in PubMed is 8600 and the average number of citations per manuscript is 26. The Hirsh factor is 50 by PubMed.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease Metabolism Excretion New Organ Adipokines Bacterial Translocation Innate Receptors Mesenteric Fat Mesenteric Inflammation Mesenteric Mass Mesenteric Cysts Mesenteric Vascular Disease

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Recent research has established the mesentery to be a far more than simple organ. With the inclusion of mesentery, the total number of human organs has increased. The mesentery is not just a fatty covering protection for the intestines, on the contrary, visceral adipose tissue is an active multifunctional metabolic organ involved in lipid storage and immunological and endocrine activity. Bowel inflammation penetrates the surrounding adipose tissue along the mesentery. Mesenteric fat serves as a barrier to inflammation and controls immune responses to the translocation of gut bacteria. The Peyer's patches (PP) and mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN) are structural components of the gut-associated lymphoid tissues and contribute to the induction of immune responses toward infection in the gastrointestinal tract.
The abdominal mesenteries are important peritoneal structures that give rise to a wide spectrum of abnormalities, including solid mesenteric masses. Despite similarities in appearance, solid masses in the mesentery may have diverse etiologies. The possible etiologic causes encompass a wide spectrum of underlying pathologies including infectious, inflammatory, and neoplastic processes, the vascular lesions have a greater frequency in older people and in children there are more prevalent congenital in nature. Unfortunately, the clinical and imaging findings are often non-specific and may overlap. While metastases are the most common cause of solid masses in the mesentery, other less common conditions are also important diagnostic considerations. The most common are four pathologic entities (sclerosing mesenteritis, carcinoid tumors, desmoids tumors and gastrointestinal stromal tumors) that may be manifested on abdominal imaging examinations by one or more mesenteric masses. These four pathologic lesions help to present a systematic approach to the radiographic characterization of solid mesenteric masses based on the morphology of the lesions, and distant findings on various abdominal imaging examinations.

This book intends to provide the reader with a discussion about possible impact of the mesentery on absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.

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Luis Rodrigo

University of Oviedo

Dr. Luis Rodrigo, MD, is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Oviedo, Spain. He has been the chief of Gastroenterology Service at the HUCA Hospital in Oviedo for more than forty years. He obtained a Ph.D. in 1975 and since then has developed a long career in teaching and research. He has published 707 scientific papers, 425 written in English and 282 in Spanish. He has participated as the main investigator in forty-five clinical trials and has directed forty doctoral theses. He has contributed actively to the formation of about 100 specialists in gastroenterology working in his hospital and other centers in Spain and abroad. He has written around thirty-five chapters in books and edited twenty-four books in gastroenterology and hepatology. His areas of interest are celiac disease and autoimmune-associated diseases.

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