In short, no, it’s not. Mesenteric adenitis is an abdominal condition that usually only affects children and teens, and it typically goes away on its own.
However, its symptoms can be quite concerning for some, due to the fact that they are very similar to symptoms of appendicitis, which is a serious condition. Our AFC Urgent Care Hickory team provides other helpful info on mesenteric adenitis below, so keep reading.
What Is Mesenteric Adenitis?
Mesenteric adenitis (sometimes known as mesenteric lymphadenitis) is the swelling of the lymph nodes in the abdomen. It’s often caused by a viral or bacterial infection in the intestines, which causes the lymph nodes to swell up as they try to prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of the body.
Serious conditions like appendicitis and a condition in which part of the intestine slides into another part of the intestine (intussusception) may cause similar symptoms, but mesenteric adenitis is much less concerning. If your child experiences the symptoms we’ve listed below, he or she likely is dealing with mesenteric adenitis.
Common Mesenteric Adenitis Symptoms
- Pain in the abdomen, often on the lower right side
- Abdominal tenderness
How Is Mesenteric Adenitis Diagnosed?
Visit our AFC center if your child exhibits any of the symptoms listed above. One of our medical professionals will then do a physical examination and gather the child’s medical history to learn about any previous medical issues. Lab work will likely be next, as blood tests can reveal the presence or lack thereof of a viral or bacterial infection. Lastly, imaging tests could also be used to rule out appendicitis.
Like we said earlier, mesenteric adenitis usually isn’t much of a cause for serious concern, but no medical condition is fun to deal with. We’ve listed some useful prevention tips below!
Ways to Prevent Mesenteric Adenitis
- Wash hands regularly with soap.
- Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
- Keep food preparation areas clean to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.
We can provide non-emergency care seven days a week! Don’t hesitate to visit our AFC Urgent Care Hickory center today.