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Mesenteric Lymphadenitis

Mesenteric Lymphadenitis Signs and Symptoms continued...

Common symptoms of mesenteric lymphadenitis are:

  • Tenderness or pain, often in the center or lower right side of the abdomen
  • High fever

Mesenteric lymphadenitis often causes symptoms in the lower right abdomen. So people often mistake it for appendicitis.

You may have other signs and symptoms as well. This depends upon the cause of the inflammation. Signs and symptoms include:

When Should You Call the Doctor?

Call your doctor right away if you or your child has severe or sudden abdominal pain. Also call if it occurs along with other symptoms such as those listed above. Describe to your doctor the severity and location of the pain, as well as what makes it worse. Be prepared to discuss any other symptoms you or your child has had.

Mesenteric Lymphadenitis Diagnosis

Sometimes mesenteric lymphadenitis causes no symptoms. The doctor may simply spot it while doing imaging tests for some other problem.

Sometimes symptoms of mesenteric lymphadenitis may lead you to go to see a doctor. The doctor will ask about these symptoms and take a thorough medical history. He or she may also do some tests.

Blood tests may help spot an infection. Urine tests may help rule out a urinary tract infection. An abdominal ultrasound or CT scan can help rule out other causes of symptoms.

Many conditions are linked to mesenteric lymphadenitis -- some serious, others not. So you can see why a diagnosis is so important.

Mesenteric Lymphadenitis Treatment

Mesenteric lymphadenitis often gets better without treatment. Still, you may need medicine to reduce a fever or control pain. Rest, fluids, and warm heat applied to the abdomen may also help relieve symptoms.

You may need treatment for the cause of the inflammation. Antibiotics can prevent complications from a severe bacterial infection (septicemia), which can cause death.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on July 06, 2015
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