Other Names for this Disease
- Histiocytic necrotising lymphadenitis
- Kikuchi necrotizing lymphadenitis
- Kikuchi's disease
- Kikuchi-Fujimoto's disease
- Nosocomial Kikuchi's disease
lymphadenopathy (tender, swollen lymph nodes), mild fever, and night sweats. Less common symptoms include weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and sore throat. While the exact cause of this condition has not been proven, infectious and autoimmune causes have been suggested, such as an immune response to a viral infection. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive and may include pain relievers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and corticosteroids in rare cases. Most cases go away on their own within 1 to 6 months.Kikuchi disease is a benign (non-cancerous) condition of the lymph nodes. It is usually characterized by cervical
Last updated: 10/15/2014
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