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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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Overview

Kikuchi disease is a benign (non-cancerous) condition of the lymph nodes. It is usually characterized by cervical (neck) lymphadenopathy, mild fever, and night sweats. Less common symptoms include weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and sore throat. While the exact cause of this condition is unknown, infectious and autoimmune causes have been suggested. 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.[1][2]
Last updated: 3/18/2016

References

  1. Michael J Richards, MD, FRACP. Kikuchi disease. UpToDate. May 2015; http://www.uptodate.com/contents/kikuchi-disease.
  2. John Boone. Kikuchi disease. Medscape. February 2016; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/210752-overview.
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Basic Information

  • The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

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  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Kikuchi disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
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.