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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 15, Issue 8, Pages 533-535
Brief Communication

Treatment of Sclerosing Mesenteritis with Corticosteroids and Azathioprine

Anand Bala, Sylvain P Coderre, Douglas RE Johnson, and V Nayak

Divisions of Gastroenterology and General Surgery, Department of Pathology, Peter Lougheed Hospital, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Received 31 October 2000; Accepted 2 February 2001

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sclerosing (idiopathic) mesenteritis is a rare disease that may present with abdominal pain or bowel obstruction. A 21-year-old man was diagnosed with sclerosing mesenteritis, and treated with a partial ileal resection and defunctioning ileostomy. He was subsequently started on corticosteroids and azathioprine. Five months later, at the time of ileostomy reversal, he was disease-free. The diagnosis and management of this disease are discussed.