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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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Your Question

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

Our Answer

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How might Kikuchi disease be treated?

Kikuchi disease generally resolves on its own within one to four months, with or without intervention. However, treatments are available to relieve some of the associated signs and symptoms. For example, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be used to ease lymph node tenderness and fever. The use of corticosteroids has been recommended in severe cases. Affected people should be followed for several years to rule out the development of systemic lupus erythematosus.[1][2]

Medscape Reference's Web site offers more specific information regarding the treatment and management of Kikuchi disease. Please click on the link to access this resource.
Last updated: 3/18/2016

References
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.