Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mesenteric Lymphadenitis Evaluation

The evaluation of mesenteric lymphadenitis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in those with mesenteric lymphadenitis include:

  • Tenderness in the right lower part of the abdomen
  • Fever

In some cases, mesenteric lymphadenitis can mimic the symptoms of appendicitis, making these two conditions difficult to distinguish. CT scanning of the abdomen may be necessary to distinguish this condition from acute appendicitis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate mesenteric lymphadenitis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Mesenteric Lymphadenitis References
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