Mesenteric adenitis is swelling and inflammation of the lymph glands in the mesentery [the supporting membrane] of the intestines. It usually accompanies a tonsil infection and is often caused by strep infection. Treatment is usually directed to treating the main illness such as tonsillitis with an antibiotic and then the mesenteric adenitis simply disappears. In many cases no treatment is needed other than something for the abdominal pain.
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