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Doctor insights on: Viral Mesenteric Adenitis

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Dr. Kyle Cologne Dr. Cologne
Surgery - Colorectal
9 years in practice
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What is mesenteric adenitis and how can it be treated?

What is mesenteric adenitis and how can it be treated?

Inflammation: Mesenteric adenitis is a condition whereby an infection (usually a bacteria) causes inflammation that affects an area of the intestine. In particular the lymph nodes near the intestine become inflamed. It can be diagnosed by specialized tests or stool culture, and in most cases resolves without special treatment.

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Mesentery (Definition)

1. A double layer of peritoneum attached to the abdominal wall and enclosing in its fold certain organs of the abdominal viscera. 2. A fold of the peritoneum that connects the intestines to the dorsal abdominal wall, especially such a fold that envelops ...Read more


Dr. Michael Zadeh Dr. Zadeh
Surgery
13 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Is mesenteric adenitis the same as lymphadenitis?

Is mesenteric adenitis the same as lymphadenitis?

Location, Location: Lymphadenitis the general term used to describe the inflammation of your lymph nodes (tissues that help your body fight off illness). Mesenteric lymphadenitis is an inflammation of the lymph nodes in the membrane that attaches your intestines to your abdominal wall (mesentery). Mesenteric lymphadenitis is usually the result of an intestinal infection.

Dr. Vance Harris Dr. Harris
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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How contagious is the disease mesenteric adenitis?

How contagious is the disease mesenteric adenitis?

It isn't: Mesenteric lymphadenitis is an inflammation of the lymph nodes in the membrane that attaches your intestine, or bowel, to your abdominal wall. Mesenteric lymphadenitis usually results from an intestinal infection. Unlike appendicitis, however, mesenteric lymphadenitis is seldom serious and clears on its own. Very unlikely that you will catch this from someone else.

Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Is vomitting a common presentation of mesenteric adenitis?

Mesenteric adenitis: Maybe. Mesenteric adenitis (enlargement of lymph nodes in abdominal mesentery) is commonly seen in conditions that mimic acute appendicitis. When accompanied by inflammation of the ileum, & crohn's disease has been excluded, consider bacterial infection caused by yersinia enterocolitica, campylobacter, salmonella. Adenitis may also reflect non-gi inflammatory processes in the abdomen.

Dr. Kyle Cologne Dr. Cologne
Surgery - Colorectal
9 years in practice
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What side is the appendix on with regards to mesenteric adenitis?

Similar: The function of the appendix is not entirely known, but it may serve as a home for certain bacteria that normally inhabit the intestine. It is important because appendicitis (or a serious infection arising in the appendix due to blockage) may closely resemble mesenteric adenitis. While appendicitis often requires surgery, mesenteric adenitis gets better without treatment. See your doctor to tell.

Dr. Vance Harris Dr. Harris
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Is mesenteric adenitis the same thing as mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Is mesenteric adenitis the same thing as mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Yes they are the sam: Mesenteric lymphadenitis is an inflammation of the lymph nodes in the membrane that attaches your intestine, or bowel, to your abdominal wall. Mesenteric lymphadenitis usually results from an intestinal infection. Unlike appendicitis, however, mesenteric lymphadenitis is seldom serious and clears on its own.

Dr. Videh Mahajan Dr. Mahajan
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Guru Govind Singh Medical College
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Dr. William Lizarraga Dr. Lizarraga
Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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How long does mesenteric adenitis last?

It depends: On what is causing the adenitis in the first place. Lymph node swelling can occur for any number of reasons, the most common of which are infection or inflammation or cancers. The adenitis should last as long as the condition causing it is persisiting.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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What can make mesenteric adenitis worse?

Needless surgery: Self limiting most of the time, mimic appendicitis, surgery is not required.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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What should I know about mesenteric adenitis?

What should I know about mesenteric adenitis?

Mimic appendicites: Mostly seen in children present like appendices, self limiting disease most of the time.

Dr. William Lizarraga Dr. Lizarraga
Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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How long before mesenteric adenitis resolves?

It depends: On what is causing the adenitis in the first place. Lymph node swelling can occur for any number of reasons, the most common of which are infection or inflammation or cancers. The adenitis should last as long as the condition causing it is persisiting.

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What does it mean if I have mesenteric adenitis?

Lymph node: Enlargement in the body part that connects the intestines to the major blood vessels. Main context is when it causes pain that mimics acute appendicitis, confounding the diagnosis. It is usually reactive to infection or inflammation, but if it is multiple and enlarged, it could be sign of lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease in rare instances. Ask your doctor for further explanation.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Dr. David Kagan Dr. Kagan
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
11 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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Does mesenteric adenitis hurt all the time and cause sharp pains?

Does mesenteric adenitis hurt all the time and cause sharp pains?

Yes: It causes very bad stomach pain and people think it is appendicitis. There are not great treatments except for antiflammatories.

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What to do if I have mesenteric adenitis and still have sharp pains after 2 weeks?

What to do if I have mesenteric adenitis and still have sharp pains after 2 weeks?

You should: Consult with your doctor about persistent pain, because it could be something other than mesenteric adenitis that is causing the pain. Possibilities include appendicitis, kidney stone, ovarian cyst, Crohn's disease, and a whole host of other things.

Dr. Christine Hom Dr. Hom
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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It's been three years, why is the pain from my supposed mesenteric adenitis getting worse each day? Could it be something else?

It's been three years, why is the pain from my supposed mesenteric adenitis getting worse each day? Could it be something else?

See your doctor: See your doctor for a good history and physical. Take a calendar with you marking off what days you had pain and some way of measuring that pain, as well as symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, fevers, rashes.

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I'm 29 I was just diagnosed with mesenteric adenitis friday. The pain has went away now but my apetite is still gone for the most part. Why is this?

I'm 29 I was just diagnosed with mesenteric adenitis friday. The pain has went away now but my apetite is still gone for the most part. Why is this?

Probably because: Of residual inflammation which had caused the original problem of mesenteric adenitis. If it persists for more than a week, re-consult with your doctor.

Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What are treatment options for mesenteric adenitis?

Watchful waiting: Mesenteric adenitis is usually self limited resolving on its own. Treatment is supportive- pain management and fluids until it resolves. More important is differentiating it from more serious intraabdominal conditions such as appendicitis or ovarian cyst rupture.

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias Dr. Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
22 years in practice
National University of Athens Faculty of Medicine
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Is it safe to go to school and school if you have mesenteric adenitis?

Is it safe to go to school and school if you have mesenteric adenitis?

Wait a while.: Mesenteric lymphadenitis is a painful viral syndrome that causes nausea, vomiting and anorexia indistinguishable from appendicitis in some cases. As this uncomfortable, I would recommend bedrest until resolution of acute symptoms and in consultation with yout doctor. School can wait!

Dr. Michael Macari
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Mesenteric Lymphadenitis (Definition)

A condition in which the lymph nodes in the membrane that connects your bowel to your abdominal wall is swollen. It is usually caused by an infection, and common symptoms include ...Read more