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Many chronic illnesses, such as
sickle cell disease,
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and
cystic fibrosis, can cause abdominal pain.
Sudden (acute) illnesses, such as
strep throat and
influenza (flu), can cause abdominal pain when the
glands (lymph nodes) in the belly become swollen or inflamed. This inflammation
of the glands is called mesenteric adenitis.
January 9, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Messenger, MD
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