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Sclerosing mesenteritis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Idiopathic sclerosing mesenteritis
  • Liposclerotic mesenteritis
  • Mesenteric fibromatosis
  • Mesenteric lipodystrophy
  • Mesenteric lipogranuloma
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Overview

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.[1][2]  The cause of this condition is unknown. The most common symptom is abdominal pain or a palpable abdominal mass.[3][4] Click here to view an illustration of the small intestine.
Last updated: 7/11/2011

References

  1. Sclerosing mesenteritis. MayoClinic.org. http://www.mayoclinic.org/sclerosing-mesenteritis/ . Accessed 7/11/2011.
  2. S Akram, DS Pardi, JA Schaffner, TC Smyrk. Sclerosing mesenteritis: clinical features, treatment, and outcome in ninety-two patients. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2007; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=DetailsSearch&Term=17478346%5Buid%5D. Accessed 7/11/2011.
  3. Townsend: Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 17th ed.. Saunders, An Imprint of Elsevier ; 2004;
  4. Sclerosing Mesenteritis. The Doctor's Doctor Web site. 2002; http://www.thedoctorsdoctor.com/diseases/sclerosing_mesenteritis.htm. Accessed 7/11/2011.
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Basic Information

  • The Doctors Doctor.com provides information on sclerosing mesenteritis. Click on the link to view the information page.
  • The Mayo Clinic Web site provides information on sclerosing mesenteritis. Click on the link to view the information pages.
  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

In Depth Information

  • Medscape Reference provides information on mesenteric tumors, including sclerosing mesenteritis (also known as mesenteric lipodystrophy). You may need to register to view the article, but registration is free.
  • MeSH® (Medical Subject Headings) is a terminology tool used by the National Library of Medicine. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.  Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Sclerosing mesenteritis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic sclerosing mesenteritis
  • Liposclerotic mesenteritis
  • Mesenteric fibromatosis
  • Mesenteric lipodystrophy
  • Mesenteric lipogranuloma
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.