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It is likely that the meshwork of perforations in the great omentum is due to the arrangement of the blood vessel and an atrophy of the intervening space. In the horse the mesentery becomes thin and occasionally, Dr. Baker informs me, that a strangulated loop of intestine is found protruding through the perforated mesentery. In the dog I have found very thin, transparent areas, but never a perforation of the mesentery. A noticeable feature in the structure of the mesentery in general is the accumulation of fat. The fat formation is more apparent in animals than in man. Typical samples may be observed in the sheep or especially in the dog. The fat accumulates along the blood vessels and is in many animals quite ornamentally arranged in the great omentum. The color of the fat is white or yellow. In young fatting animals it is apt to be white, but
ROBINSON B. PERITONEAL SUPPORTS—(LIGAMENTUM PERITONEI.). JAMA. 1895;XXIV(16):595–598. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430160023002h
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