HERMAN L. FROSCH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; WILLIAM HOROWITZ, M.D.
Mesenteric adenitis presents a difficult diagnostic problem because of its diverse symptomatology. In abdominal laparotomies mesenteric adenitis of the non-tuberculous type is found in 6 per cent of cases1 whereas the tuberculous variety is discovered in 0.74 per cent. General autopsy statistics reveal tuberculous mesenteric adenitis in 1-3 per cent; in patients with tuberculosis, the condition was discovered in only 0.79 per cent.
Anatomically the abdominal lymph nodes lie along the course of the arteries especially at those points where branches arise from the abdominal aorta. The tuberculous lymph nodes may appear merely enlarged, inflamed, and discrete. They may be
FROSCH HL, HOROWITZ W. RUPTURE OF ABDOMINAL AORTA INTO DUODENUM (THROUGH A SINUS TRACT CREATED BY A TUBERCULOUS MESENTERIC LYMPHADENITIS)1. Ann Intern Med. ;21:481–485. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-21-3-481
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;21(3):481-485.
Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Mycobacterial Infections.
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