Panniculus, sometimes referred to incorrectly as pannus, is a medical term describing a dense layer of fatty tissue growth, consisting of subcutaneous fat in the lower abdominal 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.
Grading of abdominal panniculi
- Grade 2
- Extends to cover the genitalia.
- Grade 3
- Extends to cover the upper thigh
- Grade 4
- Extends to cover the mid thigh.
- Grade 5
- Extends to cover the knees or beyond.
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- American Society of Plastic Surgeons [ASPS], 2007d