Sclerosing mesenteritis is one of many terms used to describe a spectrum of chronic inflammatory diseases affecting the small bowel mesentery, the membrane that anchors the small intestine to the back of the abdominal wall. The cause of this condition is unknown. The most common symptom is abdominal pain or a palpable abdominal mass. Click on the highlighted text to view an illustration of the small intestine.
Last updated: 10/1/2015
What are the signs and symptoms of sclerosing mesenteritis?
Common symptoms of sclerosing mesenteritis include abdominal pain or a palpable abdominal mass, weight loss, abdominal distention, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and fever of unknown cause.
Last updated: 8/22/2011
Is sclerosing mesenteritis dangerous?
For most patients with sclerosing mesenteritis, their disease does not become dangerous; however abdominal pain may continue or recur in about 25% of patients.
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Last updated: 7/11/2011
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