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Many chronic illnesses can cause belly (abdominal) pain. These illnesses include
sickle cell disease,
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and
Sudden (acute) illnesses, such as
strep throat and
influenza (flu), can cause belly pain when the
glands in the belly become swollen or inflamed. These glands are called lymph nodes. When they are inflamed, it's called mesenteric adenitis.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Messenger, MD
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