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Kikuchi disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Histiocytic necrotising lymphadenitis
  • Kikuchi necrotizing lymphadenitis
  • Kikuchi's disease
  • Kikuchi-Fujimoto's disease
  • Nosocomial Kikuchi's disease
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Your Question

I am suffering from Kikuchi disease. What kind of treatment should I undergo and is taking painkillers the right treatment?

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How might Kikuchi disease be treated?

Kikuchi disease is typically self-limited, resolving on its own within one to four months. However, treatment may relieve some of the signs and symptoms of the condition. Analgesics-antipyretics (drugs that relieve pain and fever) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be used to alleviate lymph node tenderness and fever. The use of corticosteroids has been recommended in severe extranodal or generalized Kikuchi disease. Affected individuals should be followed for several years to rule out the development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).[1]

Additional information on the treatment of Kikuchi disease is available on Medscape Reference's Web site and can be viewed by clicking here.
Last updated: 12/12/2012