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Mesenteric adenitis

Mesenteric adenitis is a common cause of tummy pain in children. It sometimes follows a viral infection.

The glands in the tummy swell and cause pain. Sometimes the pain is severe enough that children need to be checked to exclude other causes of tummy pain like appendicitis.

It is not harmful in itself and usually settles over a week or two.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Paediatric Surgery, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2019.

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