Celiac
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Is there any connection between mesenteric lymphadenitis and celiac disease?

Mesenteric lymphadenitis. This condition is not seen more frequently in celiac patients than in the general population. If the condition were to occur as a result of celiac disease, the association should not persist once the gluten-free diet has been established for years. However, sometimes enlargement of lymphoid tissue in the terminal ileum can be responsible for these symptoms and be labeled as “lymphadenitis”. This is a recurrent condition, sometimes associated with undiagnosed food allergy (true allergy, not celiac). There are a few cases that have required surgery in order for the excessive lymphoid tissue to be removed. Otherwise it would cause recurrent episodes of intussusceptions (when part of the intestine slides into the next, precipitated by a “leading point” such as an enlarged lymphoid tissue). July, 2015

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