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Non-Specific Mesenteric Lymphadenitis

Robert M. Goldwyn, MD; ARVEY I. ROGERS, MD
Arch Surg. 1973;106(3):365. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350150099033.
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Having read V. Tuchel's Non-Specific Mesentericc Lymphadenitis, I have an expanded awareness of this interesting and possibly "commonplace" entity, its diverse forms and clinical manifestations, its masquerading personality and potential role in the etiopathogenesis of a number of poorly understood disorders of bowel, mesentery, omentum, and lymph nodes such as terminal ileitis, panniculitis, and retractile mesenteritis. Its potential for expanding clinical awareness, an interesting and thorough historical account, and a bibliography of more than 400 references are the book's strongest features. The major deficiencies of the 140-page monograph that discusses historical aspects of the entity; anatomy and physiopathology of the mesentery, its nodes and ganglia; the epidemiology, pathology, etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of non-specific mesenteric lymphadenitis is in its literary style, overlapping and unbalanced content, degree of disorganization, and unnecessary repetition. More than a third of the text details excessively the anatomic aspects of normal and diseased mesenteric


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