Mesenteric Lymphadenitis Questions & Answers

Updated: Oct 23, 2019
  • Author: Alan S Putrus, MBChB; Chief Editor: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is the pathophysiology of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Which bacterial and viral organisms are involved in the etiology of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Which conditions besides lymphadenitis can involve the mesenteric nodes?

What are the sources of infection in mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is the incidence of mesenteric lymphadenitis in the US?

What is the global incidence of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Is mesenteric lymphadenitis more common in males or females?

What are the age-related demographics for mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is the prognosis of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What are the morbidities associated with mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What are the complications of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is included in the patient education information for mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Presentation

What is the onset and progression of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is the clinical presentation of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What are the physical findings in mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What are the categories of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

How is primary mesenteric lymphadenitis described on imaging?

How is secondary mesenteric lymphadenitis described on imaging?

DDX

What other conditions are considered in the differential diagnosis of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What are the differential diagnoses for Mesenteric Lymphadenitis?

Workup

Which lab studies are used in the workup of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Which lab studies are used to differentiate mesenteric lymphadenitis from appendicitis?

Which other lab studies are used in the workup of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is the role of CT scanning in the workup of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is the role of MRI in the workup of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Treatment

What is the initial objective of treatment for suspected mesenteric lymphadenitis?

When are antibiotics used for the treatment of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

When should a surgeon be consulted in the treatment of suspected mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is included in the prehospital care of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

What is included in ED treatment of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

When should patients with mesenteric lymphadenitis be admitted to the hospital?

What is the post-discharge care for patients with mesenteric lymphadenitis?

When is surgical care indicated in the treatment of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of mesenteric lymphadenitis?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Mesenteric Lymphadenitis?