Unicentric Castleman disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Unicentric angiofollicular ganglionic hyperplasia
- Unicentric angiofollicular lymph hyperplasia
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The exact underlying cause of unicentric Castleman disease (UCD) is poorly understood. However, some scientists suspect that an increased production of interleukin-6 (IL-6) by the immune system may contribute to the development of UCD. IL-6 is a substance normally produced by cells within the lymph nodes that helps coordinate the immune response to infection. Increased production of IL-6 may result in an overgrowth of lymphatic cells, leading to many of the signs and symptoms of UCD.
Last updated: 6/24/2015
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