Can anyone define the surgical phrase "Fat Stranding" or "Mesenteric Fat Stranding"? It's a phrase that's often used in association with inflammatory processes in the bowel. It's a commonly used term but I can't find a definition/explanation of it anywhere on the Internet.
The Mesenteric Fat is the fat lining the outer wall of the colon. I think it acts as a buffer/protector for the colon. I don't know what Stranding means. Good question, I have seen this on my CT reports too. Maybe someone else will see this and comment.