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Panniculus is a medical term describing a dense layer of fatty tissue growth, usually in the abdominal cavity.[1] It can be a result of morbid obesity and can be mistaken for a tumor or hernia. Abdominal panniculus (the "apron" in layman's terms) 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.[2]

Grading of abdominal panniculus

  • Grade 1: Panniculus barely covers the hairline and mons pubis but not the genitalia.
  • 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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