Sclerosing mesenteritis was first discovered in 1924 and given the name retractile mesenteritis. At this time, there was little known about the disease. Over the next decades, doctors assumed it was an early stage of other conditions, such as Whipple disease. It was clearly defined as a disease itself in the 1960s, through the work of William W. Ogden and his series of case studies. Knowledge and understanding have continued to grow, thanks in part to advances in diagnostic imaging.
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