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Kikuchi disease


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

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What is the long-term outlook for people with Kikuchi disease?

The long-term outlook (prognosis) of Kikuchi disease is generally good. Lymphadenopathy usually goes away 1-6 months after onset, although it may last longer. About 3% to 4% of people have recurrence of the condition.[1][2]

Some people go on to develop systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) years later.[1] SLE is a chronic autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, and other organs. Symptoms vary from person to person although almost all people with SLE have joint pain and swelling. Some develop arthritis. Other symptoms may include chest pain when taking a deep breath; general discomfort or ill feeling; and/or mouth sores.[3]
Last updated: 9/19/2015

References
  1. Michael J Richards, MD, FRACP. Kikuchi disease. UpToDate. May 2015; Accessed 9/19/2015.
  2. John Boone. Kikuchi disease. Medscape. February 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/210752-overview.
  3. Borigini MJ. Systemic lupus erythematosus. MedlinePlus. February 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000435.htm. Accessed 4/6/2011.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Kikuchi necrotizing lymphadenitis
  • Nosocomial Kikuchi's disease
  • Kikuchi's disease
  • Kikuchi-Fujimoto's disease
  • Histiocytic necrotising lymphadenitis
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.