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What Not To Eat When You Have Mesenteric Lymphadenitis?

Mesenteric lymphadenitis is the swelling of the lymph nodes that are present in the mesentery in the abdomen. Mesentery is the membrane that attaches the intestines to the back of the abdominal wall. Lymph nodes are present here, as well as other parts of the body. They may get enlarged or swollen in response to some infection in the abdomen, or sometimes due to an unknown cause.

The most common cause is some viral infection like gastroenteritis. However, sometimes a bacterial or parasitic infection may also be a causative factor for mesenteric lymphadenitis. Some inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis can cause mesenteric lymphadenitis. Very rarely, cancer can be the cause.

What Not To Eat When You Have Mesenteric Lymphadenitis?

If the home remedies are paired with the right kind of eating habit, it may prove to be beneficial in the recovery of mesenteric lymphadenitis. Eating foods which are rich in fiber is good as fiber will enhance the digestive health and will help in reducing the abdominal pain. Also, eating spicy and oily foods should be avoided, in order to avoid any irritation to the digestive system. Citrus fruits may cause a problem, but there is no proof to support this theory. Fatty foods, Caffeinated drinks like coffee, carbonated beverages, aerated drinks and drinking alcohol should be avoided.

Mesenteric lymphadenitis usually gets better on its own accord, and does not need any extensive treatment as such, certain home remedies can be carried out to ease the pain and discomfort resulting from the mesenteric lymphadenitis.

The most important factor to be considered here is taking sufficient rest. Mesenteric lymphadenitis mostly affects small children and teens. Both these groups have a high energy quotient and refuse to take rest even when needed. They are constantly on the go. Mesenteric lymphadenitis generally presents with fatigue and malaise. There is a lot of weakness and tiredness seen in this condition. It becomes very difficult for the body to kick forth a speedy and complete recovery, if it is not provided with ample rest that is much needed.

The affected person should consume lots of fluids. If mesenteric lymphadenitis is associated with other symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, it can be responsible for severe fluid loss, which in turn will lead to dehydration. Hence, in order to maintain the required fluid balance, it is advised to drink lots of fluids throughout the day.

As there is pain in abdomen and also the abdomen might feel tender to touch, there is a general feeling of discomfort. Applying a warm, wet compress may provide one with some relief from this uneasiness and discomfort.

Mesenteric lymphadenitis is not a dangerous or serious disease. It generally does not need any specific treatment. Once the causative factor for the disease is determined, treating the cause will effectively treat mesenteric lymphadenitis as well. However, it is necessary to report any of the above symptoms to the physician promptly, so that a correct diagnosis is made, and the right treatment can be started thereafter.

Signs And Symptoms of Mesenteric Lymphadenitis

The most prominent symptom in mesenteric lymphadenitis is abdominal pain. The pain is generally present in the lower, right area of the abdomen. However, at times it might be extended to other areas as well. Other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, fever, dehydration etc. may be present along with the abdominal pain, depending upon the causative factor.

Diagnosis of Mesenteric Lymphadenitis

Sometimes, there may be an absence of any obvious signs and symptoms, and mesenteric lymphadenitis may be accidentally diagnosed during some other tests going on for some totally different cause. However, if you visit the doctor for concern regarding the symptoms suggestive of mesenteric lymphadenitis, then the doctor may advise you to do some tests. These may include blood tests to find out the infection, urine test to check for urinary tract infection, USG or CT scan.


  1. National Library of Medicine – Mesenteric Lymphadenitis: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000272.htm

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 4, 2023

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