Abdominal pannus grossing

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Abdominal pannus is a common specimen in this age where many people are obese.


These specimens are essentially skin and fat. One should be on the look-out for skin lesions. Angiosarcoma has been described in an edematous abdominal pannus.[1]


The specimen is received in formalin and labeled as abdominal pannus. It consists of multiple fragments of adipose tissue with attached skin.

These pieces measures __ x ___ x ___ cm in aggregate. The skin shows stretch marks. The tissue is unremarkable on section.

No sections are submitted.

Protocol notes

  • The specimen should be thinly sliced to look for abnormalities.

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  1. Shehan, JM.; Ahmed, I. (May 2006). "Angiosarcoma arising in a lymphedematous abdominal pannus with histologic features reminiscent of Kaposi's sarcoma: report of a case and review of the literature.". Int J Dermatol 45 (5): 499-503. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2004.02560.x. PMID 16700780.