Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Trish | 2009/07/06

Q.

Mesenteric adenitis

My 5 year old daughter has been diagnosed with the above condition. I cannot find anything on this site that explains what it is. Please can you advise the causes, treatment etc.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

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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