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Progressive transformation of germinal centers


Other Names for this Disease
  • PTGC
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Overview

Progressive transformation of germinal centers is a condition in which a lymph node becomes very enlarged (lymphadenopathy).  Typically, only one lymph node is affected, though PTGC can involve multiple lymph nodes.  The neck is the most common location of affected lymph nodes, but PTGC may also affect lymph nodes in the groin and armpits.  Adults are more frequently affected than children, but children have a higher chance of developing PTGC multiple times (recurrence).  PTGC is not considered a precancerous condition, though it has been associated with Hodgkin lymphoma.[1]
Last updated: 4/24/2013

References

  1. Hicks J, Flaitz C. Progressive transformation of germinal centers: review of histopathologic and clinical features. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2002; 65:195-202. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12242134. Accessed 4/23/2013.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • PTGC
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.