tabes mesenterica tabes mes·en·ter·i·ca (měz'ěn-těr'ĭ-kə, měs'-)
Tuberculosis of the mesenteric and retroperitoneal lymph nodes.
More rarely it appears as tabes mesenterica in infants, tubercular peritonitis, and tubercular disease of the internal organs.
Wherever scrofulous and phthisical diseases are known, there also are found cases of tabes mesenterica.
Vogel and Steiner assert that tabes mesenterica is a common result of enteritis folliculosa.
The morbid appearances in tabes mesenterica are not usually confined to the changes in the glands.
The geographical distribution of tabes mesenterica is as universal as that of scrofula and pulmonary phthisis.