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Mesenteric Adenitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is mesenteric adenitis?

Mesenteric adenitis is inflammation of lymph nodes in the tissue that surrounds your intestines. Lymph nodes are organs of the immune system that help absorb bacteria and toxins from your body. It is caused by infection from bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Mesenteric adenitis may cause dehydration and loss of electrolytes (minerals), such as sodium. Rarely, it could lead to sepsis (a serious blood infection) or an abscess (pus-filled wound) on your intestine.

What increases my risk for mesenteric adenitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of mesenteric adenitis?

How is mesenteric adenitis diagnosed?

Your blood or bowel movements will be tested for bacteria, viruses, or parasites that caused your condition. You may also need the following:

How is mesenteric adenitis treated?

Mesenteric adenitis usually goes away without treatment. You may need antibiotics to treat your infection if your condition is severe.

How can mesenteric adenitis be prevented?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care?

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