What should be included in the differential diagnoses for intra-abdominal or retroperitoneal lymph nodes lymphadenitis?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019
  • Author: Elizabeth Partridge, MD, MPH, MS; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Intra-abdominal or retroperitoneal lymph nodes

Intra-abdominal or retroperitoneal lymph nodes receive lymph drainage from local structures, which is detected via finding a palpable mass on physical examination or by obstructive/pressure effects on surrounding structures.

Infections associated with intra-abdominal or retroperitoneal lymph nodes are as follows:

  • Tuberculosis [7]

  • Y enterocolitica infection

  • Deep abscess

Malignancies associated with intra-abdominal or retroperitoneal lymph nodes are as follows:

  • Hodgkin lymphoma (pelvic and retroperitoneal nodes)

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (mesenteric nodes)


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