How is mesenteric lymphadenitis treated?

Most people with mesenteric lymphadenitis get better without treatment in 1-4 weeks. The condition doesn’t cause any lasting effects after recovery.

The doctor may prescribe medications to manage symptoms, including antibiotics to treat an infection, and over-the-counter pain medication.

Other steps to manage the symptoms of mesenteric lymphadenitis include:

  • Rest
  • Drinking water to stay hydrated after vomiting and diarrhea
  • Applying heat to the abdomen

What complications are associated with mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Upper respiratory infections sometimes develop in people with mesenteric lymphadenitis. Doctors typically treat these infections with antibiotics.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/18/2018.

References

  • Helbling R, Conficconi, Wyttenbach M, et al. Acute Nonspecific Mesenteric Lymphadenitis: More Than “No Need for Surgery.” Biomed Res Int. 2017; 2017: 9784565. Published online 2017 Feb 2. doi: 10.1155/2017/9784565
  • Omics International. Mesenteric Lymphadenitis. Accessed 9/21/2018.
  • Reust C, Williams A. Acute Abdominal Pain in Children. Am Fam Physician. 2016 May 15;93(10):830-837.

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