How is sclerosing mesenteritis treated?
Your doctor may prescribe medications to relieve symptoms, but if the sclerosing mesenteritis leads to a bowel blockage, you will need surgery. The medications your doctor may prescribe are glucocorticoid drugs such as prednisone, which relieve inflammation. They may be used in combination with azathioprine and colchicine.
Hormonal therapy such as tamoxifen has also been shown to work. Sometimes hormonal therapy is used together with glucocorticoid drugs. Cyclophosphamide and thalidomide have also been used, although their success is not well proven.
The medications may take several weeks to work. You may need to take the medication on an ongoing basis because stopping treatment may lead to return of the disease.