What is it?

Mesenteric lymphadenitis refers to swelling of the abdominal lymph nodes, which normally occurs in children and teenagers. Mesenteric lymphadenitis is caused due to an infection by a virus or bacteria.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include blood tests and abdominal ultrasound or a CT scan, to rule out other conditions such as appendicitis.


Mesenteric lymphadenitis is self limiting, and does not require any treatment. Usually it resolves within 1-4 weeks.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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