What causes mesenteric adenitis?

The most common cause of mesenteric adenitis is bacterial or viral infection. The infection is present in the lymph nodes within the mesentery, a membrane that attaches the intestines to the abdominal wall. When lymph nodes are infected, they become inflamed, resulting in symptoms.

What are the risk factors for mesenteric adenitis?

A number of factors increase the risk of developing mesenteric adenitis. Not all people with risk factors will get mesenteric adenitis. Risk factors for mesenteric adenitis include:

  • Childhood
  • Male gender

What is mesenteric adenitis?

Mesenteric adenitis, sometimes known as mesenteric lymphadenitis, refers to a condition in which the lymph nodes in the mesentery of the abdomen become inflamed. The mesentery is the tissue that connects the intestines to the internal lining of the abdominal wall. Inflammation of the mesenteric lymph nodes results in abdominal pain, tenderness and fever. The most common cause of mesenteric aden... Read more about mesenteric adenitisintroduction


What are the symptoms of mesenteric adenitis?

Mesenteric adenitis infection causes inflammation of the lymph nodes within the mesentery (the tissue that connects the intestines to the internal lining of the abdominal wall. This may result in a number of symptoms that can vary in intensity among individuals.

Common symptoms of mesenteric adenitis

You may experience mesenteric adenitis symptoms daily or just once in ... Read more about mesenteric adenitissymptoms


How is mesenteric adenitis treated?

Treatment for mesenteric adenitis begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine whether you have mesenteric adenitis, your health care provider may ask you to undergo diagnostic testing.

Mesenteric adenitis may be treated with over-the-counter analgesics to relieve abdominal discomfort. However, if required, an antibiotic or antiviral therapy may be... Read more about mesenteric adenitistreatments

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 5, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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