My Account
About Us
Contact us
الواجهة العربية
Medical News Medical News
Aricles Articles
Events Events
Guidelines Guidelines
Videos Library Videos Library
Diseases Diseases
Follow us : facebook twitter Digg Linkedin Boxiz

Please select the categories you are intersted in:
News Articles Guidelines Events Videos Journals' abstracts

Latest Subscribers
Advanced Search »

Mesenteric Lymphadenitis


Disease: Mesenteric Lymphadenitis Mesenteric Lymphadenitis
Category: Digestive diseases
اضغط هنا للقراءة باللغة العربية

Disease Definition:

The collections of cells that play a key role in the body's ability to fight off illness are the lymph nodes. When the lymph nodes found in a membrane that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall (mesentery) become inflamed, usually as a result of an intestinal infection, mesenteric lymphadenitis occurs.

Mesenteric lymphadenitis occurs mainly in children and teens, and it often mimics the signs and symptoms of appendicitis. However, mesenteric lymphadenitis is seldom serious and clears on its own in a few days or weeks, which make it different from appendicitis.

In healthy children who have no symptoms, mesenteric lymphadenitis can also occur. Swollen lymph nodes are found on imaging tests for another problem in these cases. Mesenteric lymphadenitis that doesn't cause symptoms isn't a concern and rarely needs further evaluation.

Work Group:

Prepared by: Scientific Section

Symptoms, Causes


Signs and symptoms of mesenteric lymphadenitis may last as long as a few weeks or a few days. The following symptoms are included:


  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain, often centered on the lower, right side, but the pain can sometimes be more widespread

Other signs and symptoms may include the following, depending on what's causing the ailment:


  • Malaise, which is a general feeling of being unwell
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

It can be hard to know when it's a problem that needs medical attention as abdominal pain is common in children and teens. Generally, parents should call the doctor right away if their child has sudden, severe abdominal pain or pain with fever, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, and in the case when mild symptoms don't get better in about 5 days.


In the body's ability to fight off illness, the lymph nodes play a vital role. Scattered throughout the body, approximately 600 nodes trap and destroy bacteria, viruses and other harmful organisms. The nodes closest to the infection can become sore and swollen in the process; for example, the lymph nodes in the neck may swell when one has a sore throat. Some of the other nodes that commonly swell are found in the groin, armpits and under the chin.  

There are also lymph nodes in the mesentery, which is the thin tissue that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall, although this is less well known. A viral infection such as gastroenteritis, commonly known as stomach flu, is the most common cause of swollen mesenteric nodes. Infection with yersinia bacteria, which may come from drinking unpasteurized milk or contaminated water or eating undercooked pork, may also result in mesenteric lymphadenitis.

Before or during a bout of mesenteric lymphadenitis, some children develop an upper respiratory infection; and experts think that there may be a link between the two.

With or without symptoms, mesenteric lymphadenitis is most common in children and adolescents. Additionally, young boys are more likely than girls to be affected by this condition.



Mesenteric lymphadenitis rarely causes complications and it usually goes away on its own. However, the bacteria could conceivably spread to the bloodstream, causing a potentially life-threatening infection (sepsis) in case the swollen lymph nodes are caused by a serious bacterial infection that isn't treated.


Within a few days or weeks, mild, uncomplicated cases of mesenteric lymphadenitis and those caused by a virus usually go away on their own. Over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers may help ease discomfort. However, in the cases of moderate to severe bacterial infections, antibiotics may be prescribed.


Not Available

Expert's opinion

Expert's Name:
Specialty: -

Expert's opinion:

For Specialists

Clinical Trials:

Not Available


Latest Drugs:




Forgot your password

sign up

Consultants Corner

Samir Moussa M.D.

Samir Moussa M.D. ENT Specialist

Dr. Hani Najjar

Dr. Hani Najjar Pediatrics, Neurology

Dr. Samer Al-Jneidy

Dr. Samer Al-Jneidy Pediatrician

Dr. Faisal Dibsi

Dr. Faisal Dibsi Specialist of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Talal Sabouni


Dr . Dirar Abboud

Dr . Dirar Abboud Hepatologist – Gastroenterologist

Yaser Habrawi , F.R.C.S.Ed

Yaser Habrawi , F.R.C.S.Ed Consultant Ophthalmologist

Dr. Tahsin Martini

Dr. Tahsin Martini Degree status: M.D. in Ophthalmology

Which of the following you are mostly interested in?

Cancer Research
Mental Health
Heart Disease & Diabetes
Sexual Health
Obesity and Healthy Diets
Mother & Child Health

Disclaimer : This site does not endorse or recommend any medical treatment, pharmaceuticals or brand names. More Details